Next Tuesday – 1 December – is World AIDS Day. HIV Scotland and Waverley Care share their plans to mark the occasion and how you can get involved…
World AIDS Day in Scotland
World AIDS Day is a time for reflection on the past and present of HIV and AIDS globally, but also for looking ahead at what we all can do in order to reach zero new HIV transmissions by 2030, in line with the UNAIDS goal. Here in Scotland, we remember a time when our cities were considered some of the worst affected by HIV and AIDS at the height of the epidemic. Thanks to hard work, and breakthroughs in science and public attitudes, things are markedly and positively different nowadays. But we cannot be complacent – action must be taken to keep up and further our tremendous progress. Wear a red ribbon on 1 December not only to remember those that we’ve lost to AIDS over the decades, but to show the world that you’re dedicated to helping Scotland see the end of HIV.
We are all now more acutely aware of the impact of global pandemics. But HIV Scotland has been campaigning to end one here in Scotland for over 25 years. We’re closer than ever, with all the right tools to do it. Our new campaign asks you to join us as part of the generation that puts an end to the HIV epidemic here in Scotland. It’s time to make HIV the conversation, by being part of GENERATION ZERO.
TOGETHER, LET’S GET TO:
ZERO NEW HIV TRANSMISSIONS
ZERO HIV-RELATED STIGMA & DISCRIMINATION
ZERO HIV-RELATED DEATHS
HIV stigma remains the biggest barrier to eliminating HIV-related deaths and new transmissions. By taking our Generation Zero pledge, you’ll commit to helping us end HIV-stigma by making HIV the conversation with your friends, family and colleagues. Together, we can end HIV stigma forever. Generation Zero launches on November 27th – visit http://zero.hiv.scot/ to find out more, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Light Up Scotland
Each year, HIV Scotland organise for key landmarks and organisations across Scotland to turn their external lights red to mark World AIDS Day on 1 December. Many high profile buildings and landmarks have taken part over the years including the Kelpies, the SSE Hydro and Edinburgh Castle. Such public displays of World AIDS Day support are vital to keeping the day in the forefront of the public consciousness. With more and more sites joining the campaign as World AIDS Day approaches, keep a look out for where is lighting up red near you.
As we mark World AIDS Day on 1 December, one of the most important things we can do is take time to reflect and remember loved ones who we have lost as a result of HIV.
Usually, we would do this with a Community Gathering but, with Covid-19, we’re taking a slightly different approach this year.
Join Waverley Care on World AIDS Day (Tuesday 1 December) on Facebook (fb.com/waverleycarefanpage), Twitter (twitter.com/waverleycare) and Instagram (Instagram.com/waverleycare), where we’ll be sharing a specially pre-recorded Time for Remembrance featuring:
- a mark of remembrance with Marion Chatterley
- words and poems from people who have loved and lost
- music from St. Mary’s choir
Meet the team
Waverley Care’s Health Improvement teams work hard to support people living with or affected by HIV in their day-to-day lives.
Staff support people with everything from testing and dealing with a diagnosis, to improving their mental health and wellbeing, as well as facing stigma. This World AIDS Day, Waverley Care are hosting virtual Meet the Team events. Anyone can attend to find out more about their work. Visit https://www.waverleycare.org/worldAIDSday to find out more.
Waverley Care are also hosting free training events for professionals during World AIDS Day week, to encourage HIV and sexual health awareness. These include:
- SX chats: Social Inequalities and HIV in Scotland
- HIV Outbreaks – Local perspective from Glasgow (with SDF)
- Understanding HIV
- Exploring sexual health and pleasure
Visit https://www.waverleycare.org/worldAIDSday to find out more and book your place!