World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people living with HIV.
More than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. Many people still don’t know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for people living with the condition. People living with HIV are also more likely to experience poverty, hardship and inequalities. Marking World AIDS Day shows a genuine commitment to equality and diversity and shows your community, customers/clients, and employees, that you are inclusive to be supportive of people living with HIV.
101,600 people are living with HIV in the UK today. Advances in medicine mean that people on effective HIV treatment cannot pass the virus on, but late diagnoses remain high and worryingly, only 45% of people can identify all the ways in which HIV is transmitted.
Stigma and discrimination can be a daily issue for people living with HIV. A recent stigma survey showed that 13% report avoiding visiting the GP because they feared being treated differently, and 21% of gay men living with HIV report they have been discriminated against in work. Troublingly 18% of those surveyed report they’d had suicidal thoughts in the past year.
To ‘Rock the Red’ and support your local Sexual Health & Wellbeing charity, Staffordshire Buddies, they kindly ask if you would be willing to ‘Wear Red to Work’ for one day and help raise HIV/AIDS awareness, and by donating £1 in buckets/donation pots to help provide services for individuals and families affected.
For more information on how donations support our services and what they do, please visit www.staffordshirebuddies.co.uk.