Monday, 22nd November 2021
World AIDS Day is taking place on Wednesday 1st December this year, and as a sexual health and HIV charity, we are continuing to support the awareness and key themes that UNAIDS share each year.
The theme for this year is ending inequalities and discrimination against people living with HIV by challenging this behaviour and ending stigma. This is often bound with other discriminations, such as racism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia and xenophobia. The pandemic has unfortunately further highlighted these inequalities.
The movement also aims to end AIDS by encouraging everyone who is sexually actively to test for HIV at least once a year, and to spread awareness around prevention, such as condoms, PrEP and U=U. Without this bold action, the world may fail to meet its 2030 target of ending AIDS.
At Trade, we are hosting a variety of events to support the day, as follows:
Monday 29th November 1:00-2:30pm - Red Ribbon Social: Living with HIV today - 1:00-2:30pm - Facebok Live via Trade's Facebook page
Monday 29th November 6:00-7:00pm & Tuesday 30th November, 1:00-2:00pm - HIV Awareness webinars - Zoom (register here). These training sessions will deliver up-to-date facts and figures about HIV across the UK and within Leicester. They will also explore the lives of those living with HIV and barriers faced.
Tuesday 30th November 6:00-9:00pm - Screening of ‘The Normal Heart’ (book tickets here). This event will be held at the Attenborough Arts Centre and will be a ‘pay what you feel’ event, with a £5 suggested donation. There will be free snacks and refreshments. The movie follows a gay activist in the 1980s who tries to spread awareness around HIV and AIDS.
Wednesday 1st December 5:00-7:00pm - Red Ribbon Remembrance - Trade Office. This remembrance event will be held on our premises at Trade Sexual Health and will include quiet reflection places, an opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one and the chance to speak to Trade workers about what we do, as well as the latest figures.