Every 1 December the world commemorates World AIDS Day. People around the world unite to show their support for people living with HIV and AIDS, and to remember those who lost their lives to AIDS.
UNAIDS is using 2021 World AIDS Day to highlight the urgent need to end social, economic, and global inequalities that are fuelling the AIDS and other pandemics around the world.
Without taking bold steps against these inequalities, the world risks missing key targets and extending the AIDS pandemic beyond 2030. This also risks encouraging a spiralling social and economic crisis that will prolong the Covid-19 pandemic.
UNAIDS is asking Governments to move from commitment to action by promoting inclusive social and economic growth, ensuring equal opportunities, and reducing inequalities.
They are using this World AIDS Day to remind Governments that global inequalities affect everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from.
Find out more about World AIDS day here (UNAIDS website).
Resources and support
AIDS is no longer a terminal illness and medication is available for those who develop the disease to ensure they can live a long and healthy life.
For more information on the diagnosis and treatment of AIDS in the UK, visit the NHS.UK website.
For support and advice in H&F, why not contact:
SASH London provide free, non-judgemental support to improve your sexual health, your relationships, and your mental health.
They offer counselling, coaching to help you to achieve your goals, and their peer support services give you the opportunity to meet and socialise with other people living with HIV. SASH also provide free massage therapies and can support you with your benefits applications.
For more information or to self-refer visit their website or call 020 7851 2955.
River House Trust
River House Trust, based in Hammersmith, provide support for people living with HIV. The charity provide a range of services including nursing advice, counselling, benefits advice, complementary therapies and educational courses.
Many of the people who are supported by River House are over 50 and have been living with HIV for a long time, live in poverty and are socially isolated.
Eating well is important to maintain good health and the River House work to provide a delicious hot meal each weekday at their centre, as well as running a food bank.
Visit their website to learn more and find how you might be able to support them.
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