promoting positive change
World AIDS Day 2012 was held on 1st December and was an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the response against HIV and AIDS by showing their support for people living with, and affected by HIV.
HIV Scotland would like to thank everyone who showed interest, wore a red ribbon, and attended events. We were also very impressed with all the buildings that lit up in red to help raise awareness about HIV. Visit our photo page to see images of the buildings that were lit up in red.
Since 1988 the HIV epidemic has changed, with advances in treatment and understanding of the disease, many people now live long and relatively normal lives with HIV however over 4,000 people in Scotland have been diagnosed with HIV and it is estimated a further 1,400 don’t know that they have it.
People in Scotland living with HIV still experience stigma and discrimination and World AIDS Day this year was a chance to challenge attitudes and behaviours as well as raise awareness.
An estimated 34 Million people worldwide are HIV positive and around 1.8 million people a year die from HIV related illness. World AIDS Day is a time to remember that HIV has not gone away.
If you would like to get involved or support the 2013 World AIDS Day Campaign, on Sunday 1st December please let us know by getting in touch via the Contact Us page.