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Dec 1, 2016

World Aids Day 2016


World’s Aids Day is 1st December 2016. 

This year’s campaign is HIV Stigma: Not retro just wrong. 

Although HIV treatment has advanced tremendously, public opinion is lagging and there is still a stigma attached to it.

At Y-Smart we talk about HIV to every young person we meet.  This is to raise awareness and reduce the stigma.  There is a link between sharing dirty needles and HIV transmission.  However having unprotected sex is still the biggest route of transmission.  HIV stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Virus.  The virus attacks the body’s immune system making it less able to fight illnesses and making you more vulnerable to illnesses.  Aids (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) results from damage the HIV virus has done to the body’s immune system, making the person more susceptible to infection.  There is less Aids around today because of HIV treatments.

The red ribbon is the international symbol for awareness of HIV/AIDS.  It is worn in remembrance and support of those who have been affected by HIV.

There are more people living with HIV in the UK than ever before. There is no cure for HIV but there are anti-retroviral drugs that if taken everyday can help people live healthier lives for longer. 

If you suspect you might have HIV there is a test which you can get through your GP or sexual health clinic. 

For more information go to Eddystone.org.uk