What’s it all about?
This Saturday, December 1st, is World Aids Day. Its aim is to bring people together from around the world to fight stigma, increase awareness, improve education and raise funds for HIV/AIDS research and support. This year the theme for World Aids Day (WAD) is ‘Working together for an AIDS Free Generation’. This falls under the 2011-2015 wider theme of ‘Getting to zero’ which aims to reduce new infections, discrimination and AIDS related deaths and improve access to treatment. One of the goals is to reduce sexual transmission by half by 2015 – focusing on the overlapping groups of MSM (men who have sex with men), sex-workers and young people. The project also seeks to eliminate vertical (mother to child) transmission and transmission through drug use as well as removing punitive laws and practices related to HIV and AIDS. This might sound familiar, especially following the high profile support given to the ‘Getting to zero’ project by Hilary Clinton, but how about the facts below? How familiar are they?
Did you know?
- WAD was started on 1st December 1988.
- There is no official WAD ribbon manufacturer and many charities and other organisations make their own (You can get yours online here )
- Approximately 34 million people are living with HIV around the world.
- 25 million people have died from AIDS since 1981.
- Getting to zero aims for universal access to antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV who are eligible for treatment.
- A 2007 study showed 37% of over 18s had never had an HIV test. For UK testing locations see http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pages/ServiceSearchAdditional.aspx?ServiceType=SexualHealthService .
What’s happening in London?
There is a lot happening in London as part of WAD. Below is a list of outreach events organised by GMI and it’s partners. Come along, support us and show your solidarity for this important cause!
The London Eye lit up for World Aids Day
GMI – We are going to be with 56 Dean Street clinic on the testing bus outside G-A-Y bar, Old Compton street, Soho. There is going to be free testing, confidential sexual health advice and information and we’re trying to break the world record for the most people tested in one day! For info see link.
East End Weekender – 29th November – 1st December
Fundraising night in east London’s hottest gay pubs and clubs across the World AIDS Day weekend. Dalton Superstore is confirmed and more venues are lining up to show their support by generously donating their door money to Positive East for one night during the World AIDS Day weekend.
Jump for World AIDS Day – all weekends of the year
Positive East are always looking for people to raise money to support people living with HIV by taking part in a free skydive. This World AIDS Day is no different. If you’re a daredevil who want to fly from 10,000ft and make a difference, then sign up for your very own free sky dive today!
Simply send your details to: firstname.lastname@example.org and they will contact you about the arrangements.
Big Red Sale – 6th December – Positive East, Stepney Green.
There will be a wonderful selection of books, CDs and DVDs, toys, and vintage clothing and gifts on sale. Whether you’re a bargain hunter, or a Christmas shopper, there’s bound to be something for you. Sale starts from 1pm until it’s all gone!
Pig’s Ear Beer Festival – 4th to 8th December – The Round Chapel, Hackney E5 OPU
Positive East will be collecting all week long at Hackney’s favourite beer and cider festival, as part of the Campaign for Real Ale. Pop along and say hello to our collectors, and enjoy lovely tipple of your favourite ale while you’re at it.
For more info see on the events above the Positive East’s Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/PositiveEast
Prowler Store – Soho – 29th November: 1pm-10pm
Metro will be selling ribbons, distributing information about National Testing Week and letting you know more about all the services they offer.
Woolwich train station – 30th November: 11am-5pm
Come along to Metro’s red ribbon stall and support the cause by making a donation.
Greenwich station – 30th November: 7am-7pm
Metro will be at Greenwich station early to late handing out red ribbons and taking your generous donations.
Woolwich train station – 1st December 11am – 5pm
Come on over to Woolwich station to show your support and get your red ribbons.
Prince of Greenwich (8.15-10.30) and George and Dragon (10.45-1.15am) – Greenwich – 1st December
Metro will be selling red ribbons, giving information on Metro services and answering any sexual health questions you might have.
WLGMP – West London Gay Men’s Project
Together with our community partners, West London Gay Men’s Project is encouraging people to Act HIV Aware this World AIDS Day, providing information and support to tackle HIV stigma, dispel myths, prevent HIV transmission, promote HIV testing, and advocate support for people living with HIV.
28 November 4:30pm-6pm: Health Trainer Outreach at Portsea Sauna, W2 2BL
28 November 6:30pm-8pm: Health Trainer Outreach at The City of Quebec, W1H 7AF
29 November and 30 November 10am-5pm: Information stall at Hounslow Civic Centre, TW3 4DN
30 November 11am-2pm: Outreach and Awareness Raising at West Thames College, Isleworth, (closed event)
30 November 11am-2pm: HIV Testing and Outreach at Kingston University, Penrhyn Road Campus, KT1 2EE
1 December 11am-3pm: Community outreach at Hounslow ASDA, TW3 1JT, in partnership with Hounslow African Health Project
1 December 8pm-11pm: Health Trainer Outreach at Richmond Arms, W1H 7AF (Richmond Upon Thames LGBT Forum Event)
1 December 8pm-11pm: Outreach at West 5, Ealing, W5 4NT (OutWest Fundraising Event)
GMI provide free sexual health counselling, mentoring and advice for the gay/bi/trans community in London. For more infomation on GMI services contact Tony on email@example.com