HIV STIGMA: NOT RETRO, JUST WRONG
Being diagnosed with HIV today means something very different than it did 20 or 30 years ago. HIV is no longer a death sentence. However, people’s attitudes can make living with HIV really hard. Some things from the 1980s and 1990s are worth revisiting, but HIV stigma isn’t one of them. It’s time to end HIV stigma.
Although HIV is now a long-term, manageable condition and not a death sentence, it is still a serious issue in the UK.
More people than ever before are living with HIV in the UK and around 6,000 people are diagnosed every year.
There some simple ways you can show your support, Sahir House have put together a World AIDS Day information pack to support anyone who would like to raise awareness of this international health day – see pack here.
There is also a list of events that are happening locally to highlight World AIDS Day on Merseyside, HIV stigma and HIV testing – the full list can be found here.
The next event will be the private viewing of
“AIDS: Doctors and Nurses Tell Their Story” on
Friday 18th November 2pm – 3.30pm at the
Treasure House Theatre, 2nd Floor, World Museum, William Brown St L3 8EN
For the first time, doctors and nurses who cared for Britain’s first AIDS patients in the 1980s tell their stories. They describe a dark time when, with little treatment on offer, their role was to help these young men deal with early, painful and often undignified deaths. This film comes when the legacy of that period is in danger of being forgotten.
This is a FREE event however please reserve a place firstname.lastname@example.org 0151 478 4050
If you need support with any activities please contact Serena Cavanagh, Health Promotion Lead at Sahir House.