World Aids Day December 1st
World AIDS Day has a special place in the history of HIV and AIDS. Since 1988, the 1st December has been a day that brings messages of compassion, hope, solidarity and understanding about HIV and AIDS, to every country in the world. The candlelight vigil which takes place in Fountain Square in the centre of Hanley has become an integral part of annual World AIDS Day events in North Staffordshire
The Vigil is organised by volunteers, staff and service users from Staffordshire Buddies with the cooperation and support of local NHS Integrated Sexual Health Services.
Staffordshire Buddies chose the U=U (Undetectable=Untransmittable) theme for World AIDS Day 2017 to reflect the remarkable progress that has taken place over the past few years, in an increasingly challenging financial, economic and political climate:
‘The scientific evidence is clear. Someone who’s HIV is undetectable does not pose an infection risk to their sexual partners.’
“U=U is a simple but hugely important campaign based on a solid foundation of scientific evidence. It has already been successful in influencing public opinion, causing more people with HIV (and their friends and families) to comprehend that they can live long, healthy lives, have children, and never have to worry about passing on their infection to others.
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially backing the science behind the campaign is another key step towards U=U being the most important message of 2017 in the fight against HIV.” The Lancet (November, 2017)