World AIDS Day
Every 1st of December since 1988 has been designated as World AIDS Day. This year is no exception. Over 100,000 people in the UK are suffering from HIV. Their suffering isn’t purely from the disease itself, but also from the discrimination and stigma that is attached to the disease.
Things have changed a lot since the early days of HIV’s diagnosis, and it’s no longer a mysterious disease with no known treatments. People with HIV can live long and happy lives now with modern treatments available. The only roadblock now is getting past the stigma and discrimination.
Yorkshire MESMAC are holding an event in Hull this year, on World AIDS Day (1st December). They’re trying to get 100 people to join in a Human Red Ribbon. The 100 people will be holding up red umbrellas which will be photographed and videod to be used on media and social media campaigns to help end the stigma and raise awareness.
Food will be provided from the Pit Stop Café, as well as entertainment. You even get to keep your umbrella as a memento of the event! Also if you take your umbrella to Savile Row after the event you’ll be given a free shot or bottle of Carlsberg, or take it to The Star for a free drink!
If you’d like to get involved in this year’s event, please contact MESMAC by email at [email protected] or contact 01482 291190
The charity provide amazing services to those at risk of HIV/AIDS, such as testing for the disease, support and counselling, advice on protecting yourself from contracting the disease and much more. You can find out about the charity at their website here.
If you can afford to please help Yorkshire MESMAC and other great AIDS charities by donating at the collection boxes in the following locations:
- Savile Row
- The Star
Or of course you can donate online through their BT MyDonate website here.
How Else You Can Help
The best way you can help end the stigma and discrimination of those suffering from HIV/AIDS is by reading and talking about the issue. There are plenty of places you can find out more information about HIV/AIDS, such as Wikipedia. By discussing the disease and learning what it means to live with HIV/AIDS you’ll help end the discrimination suffered by those with the disease.