World AIDS Day (WAD) is held annually on 1st December. It is a day to show support for people living with HIV; remember those who have lost their lives because of HIV; and learn the facts and realities of HIV today, in the UK and worldwide.

Recently released figures from the Centre for Public Health at John Moores University show:

 77 new HIV infections in Liverpool in the last year – a 20% increase from last year
 Heterosexual sex accounts for the highest proportion of new cases (42.9 %)
Just under a third (30%) were exposed to HIV through sex between men
19,176 people in Merseyside tested for HIV in a sexual health clinic  during the last year (Source: Public Health England, Sexual Health)

What you can do this WAD:

Wear a red ribbon
Know the FACTS - Invite Sahir House or Armistead to deliver HIV awareness information sessions to your work place, school or college, or attend a WAD event (see below for details)
Get tested and promote HIV testing (National HIV Testing Week starts 23rd November).  Find your nearest testing centre here or phone 0151 237 3990
Wear Red Day – raise money for Sahir House
HIV awareness in schools – Find teachers' resources here
Create an information point to raise awareness and engage with students, colleagues and educators – limited resources can be requested from Sahir House.
Organise a fundraising event or request a collection tin from Sahir House
Include a WAD feature in any publications in your community / workplace to raise awareness and understanding of the impact of HIV
Tweet - #WADmerseyside

Sahir House has developed an information pack to help you mark World AIDS Day within your workplace, business or.  Access a copy here.

WAD events:

 Friday 27th November - The Blood Borne Virus Team at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust will be holding a HIV/AIDS ‘Ask Anything’ Question and Answer session at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, for patients, visitors and staff. The drop-in session will run from 10.00 am – 2.00 pm, in the Tutorial Room, outside GUM on the 1st Floor (ABC side).  

Friday 27th November - The Royal Liverpool Hosptial will be hosting a WAD event in the main hospital reception 10.00 am – 2.00 p.m. The event will include stalls from:

• Sahir House: A HIV support, information and training centre in Merseyside
• The Community Specialist HIV/AIDS Nursing Service, Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust
• Armistead: A free and confidential sexual health promotion service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people, and for male and female sex workers.
• Safe Place: Liverpool's Sexual Assault Referral Centre
• The Blood Borne Virus Nurse team, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust

Attend the Sahir House free WAD Event at St Georges Hall, Liverpool, on Tuesday December 1st. Doors open 4pm, event commences 5pm – 6.30pm.

Know the facts this WAD:

Find more information on HIV; why testing is important; and where you can go for free and confidential test here

Treatment can keep the virus under control and the immune system healthy. People on HIV treatment can live a healthy, active life, although they may experience side effects from the treatment. If HIV is diagnosed late, treatment may be less effective.

Know the facts this World AIDS Day
Know your HIV status this World AIDS Day