The Armistead Centre encouraging people to educate themselves about HIV throughout National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day.
The services are encouraging anyone who is, or has been sexually active and feels they may be at risk of having contracted HIV, to get tested to improve early diagnosis rates, treatment access and reduce the risk of passing the virus on to others.
National HIV Testing Week begins on Saturday (16 November), leading up to World AIDS Day which falls on 1 December.
Joanne Lightwood, team leader at Mersey Care’s Armistead Centre said: “Although having a HIV test is a life changing decision for some people, the fantastic advancements in medication over recent years means that knowing your status as soon as possible can help people to live well with HIV.”
Throughout the week, Armistead, run by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, will be involved in a range of activities and events across the city, aiming to provide information and advice on HIV.
One in eight people living with HIV are unaware that they have the virus but with treatment they could reduce the risk of passing it to other and maintain a healthy life.
National HIV Testing Week starts Saturday 16 November 2019
Raises awareness of HIV and increases opportunities of HIV testing. We need YOU to champion HIV testing so why not support our campaign and be a #HIVChampion. To find out more download the National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Information Pack from here.
WORLD AIDS DAY (WAD) on Sunday 1 December 2019
There are over 101,000 people living with HIV in the UK. HIV doesn’t have to stop you living a long, happy and fulfilling life. With the right treatment and support, people with HIV can live a near normal life span and with effective treatment will not pass on HIV to their sexual partners. Be U=U aware! People with HIV still experience stigma and discrimination, join the campaign to fight against HIV stigma. What will you be doing to show your support this coming World AIDS Day? Get the pack, get active! https://sahir.org.uk/what-we-do/health-promotion-services/world-aids-day/
Light the Town RED!
Some of Merseyside’s best-known landmarks are set to be bathed in red light over the weekend of 30 November and 1 December to mark World AIDS Day. Red symbolising the Red Ribbon, a symbol of compassion, education and support for people living with HIV. Do you know a building waiting to be lit red for the weekend of World AIDS Day? Then contact Serena Cavanagh for more details.
World AIDS Day Vigil and UK Quilts exhibition - Sunday 1 December 2019
FREE public event, all welcome at the iconic Cunard Building, L3 1JR, the Strand entrance. The building has a fully accessible ramped entrance at the side, our stewards will direct you.
UK Quilts Exhibition at 2.30pm – 3.30pm There will be UK AIDS memorial quilts exhibited and art work created by Sahir House’s Many Hands One Heart group in partnership with Homotopia.
Information stalls and refreshments available 2.30 – 3.30pm. If you would like an information stall at this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Vigil starting at 3.30pm – 4.30pm inspirational speakers, choir and the remembrance list reading with violinist Peter Morgan performing.
What is HIV?
HIV is a virus which attacks the body’s immune system and makes it difficult to fight off infections. It can be transmitted through bodily fluids and is most commonly caught by having sex without a condom or by sharing needles.
Currently there are 650 people in Liverpool diagnosed with the disease and around a further 50 residents in the city diagnosed each year. It is also estimated that around 100-105 people remain undiagnosed amongst the local population.
In Liverpool 54 per cent of people presenting to services with HIV still do so at the late stage of the infection, therefore highlighting the importance of testing to ensure that people who acquire the infection can start treatment as soon as possible and live full and healthy lives.