Events to mark World AIDS Day
17 November 2017

Events to mark World AIDS Day – 1 December

Our Community HIV Specialist Service will be contributing and supporting three local events to mark World AIDS Day on Friday 1 December.

  • Wednesday 29 November (10am – 2:30pm) stall at Crawley College. Information will be shared with students and teachers about HIV. Free condoms, literature and red ribbons will be available including an educational quiz.
  • Friday 1 December (9:30am - 3pm) stall at Crawley Hospital foyer. Information about HIV will be shared with anyone accessing the hospital. Free HIV literature, free condoms, red ribbons and a quiz will be available.

  • Friday 1 December (6pm - 7pm) Anna Bamford, Clinical Service Manager will be giving a brief speech at the Brighton & Hove Memorial candlelit vigil at the New Steine Gardens in Kemp Town, Brighton.

Everyone is welcome to attend these events to find out more about HIV/AIDS and about the Trust’s Community HIV Specialist Service. The service offers specialist HIV community nursing across Brighton & Hove and West Sussex, offering support, home visits and health checks for adults living with HIV.

Speaking about the importance of this year’s World AIDS Day, Anna Bamford, Clinical Services Manager HIV, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, said: “World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. Stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV and this is part of our ongoing work with people we support locally. As usual, our staff will be available at several local events to answer questions and provide further information.”

World AIDS Day

For information about national activities taking place to mark World AIDS Day visit: www.worldaidsday.org

HIV locally and across the UK

Brighton & Hove has the highest rate of infections in the country outside London. Increases in HIV rates have also been reported across West Sussex, and Worthing and Crawley are classed as “high prevalence” areas. Latest figures from Public Health England in 2016 suggest that an estimated 89,400 people are living with HIV in the UK. It’s estimated that 12% of these people who have the virus are unaware they are HIV positive.