World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. It is also a day to reflect on the great strides made by the medical profession in finding new treatments.
More than 36 million people worldwide have died as a result of AIDS, and around 35.3 million people are living with HIV. Globally, 2 million lives are lost each year, predominantly in areas where treatment is unavailable or inaccessible.
On December 1st SIFA Fireside’s Changing Lives team held a World Aids Day event where clients and staff could find out more about HIV and AIDS, local services and prevention, and obtain a red ribbon to symbolise solidarity for people living with HIV/AIDS. There were also red ribbons and free condoms available on the day.