Celebrating World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day, held on December 1 each year to help us unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have sadly died from the virus.

LUciana Berger having a HIV test at Terrance Higgins Trust

Luciana Berger having a HIV test at the Terrence Higgins Trust

Many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, but despite this, many people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV. Stigma and discrimination remains a reality for too many people living with HIV.

Of those who have HIV, a quarter of those are unaware and the majority who are diagnosed receive their diagnosis late.

New statistics show that nationally, people being diagnosed with HIV has for the first time reached over 100,000 people a year.

Nationally, 45 per cent of all people diagnosed with HIV last year were diagnosed ‘late’, after the point at which they should have started treatment.   

In Liverpool, the figure is 47 per cent.

Luciana Berger with staff and volunteers at Sahir House

Luciana Berger with staff and volunteers at Sahir House

Implementing a simple system of routine testing would minimise the risk of catching HIV late.

In Liverpool, Sahir House has been offering HIV support, information and training since 1985.

It offers a wide range of services to people living with or affected by HIV; HIV related training; up to date HIV information and opportunities to volunteer.

All its support services are free and confidential to people living with or affected by HIV on Merseyside.

The service is hosting a World Aids Day event tonight from 7pm-8.30pm at St George’s Hall with free entry, the Up For Arts Community Choir, personal testimonies and readings.

You can find out much more by clicking here or telephone the Sahir House HIV Info Line on 0151 237 3990.