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Lifted from the Terrence Higgins Trust Newsletter:
World AIDS day is an annual day of action which is all about raising awareness of HIV and AIDS and raising vital funds. The money raised will help provide HIV prevention services and support for people living with the virus.
HIV thrives on ignorance and shame. After more than 30 years it's time to change people's attitudes towards HIV once and for all. Through better education and outreach work we can stamp out stigma and stop HIV in its tracks.
Cut and pasted from the Terrence Higgins Trust website:
This World AIDS Day we need your help to promote some essential facts about HIV.
They may seem obvious, but our recent survey of people living with the virus suggested that there are lots of people out there whose understanding of HIV is out of date.
One of the people we surveyed said it best:
“For me, the most difficult thing about living with HIV is what people without HIV think about it.”
Key facts about HIV:
HIV and AIDS are not the same thing
HIV is not a death sentence
There is no cure for HIV
HIV can not be passed by kissing or touch
HIV is not only an issue for gay men
A woman with HIV can have children without HIV
By giving others the facts and demolishing the myths, we can make a positive change to the way HIV is talked about in this country.
If you would like further information or support about HIV or sexual health, please contact our confidential information line THT Direct on 0808 802 1221 (10am to 8pm, Monday to Friday).
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