Some facts about HIV:
- More than 90,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK.
- Between 1981 and 2012 more than 35 million people have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
- Despite advances in the treatment and understanding of HIV and AIDS, many people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the virus.
This Saturday (1st December) is World AIDS Day, a timely reminder that HIV has not gone away. Here’s how we’re getting involved.
Volunteers from Waverley Care, Scotland’s leading charity providing care and support to people living with HIV or Hepatitis C, will be manning information stalls at Central, McDonald Road and Portobello Libraries this Saturday.
Libraries will also be stocking material from the HIV Aware campaign, and you can find out about other local and national organisations and sources of help and advice on Your Edinburgh, our community information site.
We’ve also put together a list of books which look at HIV and AIDS from a range of interesting perspectives, all available to collect from your local library.
Finally, look out for a new Scottish awareness and anti-stigma campaign called ‘HIV Always Hear‘. It captures the stories of people living with HIV in Scotland in 2012 and 4 people tell their story through 4 short films. The website goes live on Friday.