#RockTheRibbon on AIDS Awareness Day

This year’s theme for World AIDS Day on the 1st of December recognises the importance of communities contributing to the AIDS response at local, national or even international levels. 

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the late stage of HIV infection that weakens a person’s immune system and ability to fight infections. If an individual carrying HIV is not treated, eventually the infection will progress to AIDS and will acquire a large number of symptoms and illnesses that are carried by opportunistic infections. 

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Awareness Events in London

Every year, hundreds of events across the country are organised to show support for people affected by HIV. The map below shows local London events for the upcoming days. 


Map: Ruta Tamulynaite

The Red Ribbon

To beat the stigma surrounding communities suffering from HIV, a group of artists created one of the most recognised symbols: the red ribbon to be worn as a universal sign of support to those carrying the infection. 

National AIDS Trust is offering a pack of 100 free ribbons to any of the UK fundraising organisations for their December events. 

You can buy a single or a pack of red ribbons from National AIDS Trust or pick one up with a suggested donation of £1 from partner locations of the Trust, such as MAC Cosmetics, all branches of NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank, some branches of HSBC and Morrisons. 

Words and video: Ruta Tamulynaite / Subbing: Bridget Cardenas Pazmino
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