World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV. The theme of the campaign this year is ‘Let’s end it’, and calls for all to work together to end:
- Growth of the HIV epidemic
- Ignorance about HIV
- Stigma and discrimination
- The link between HIV and poverty
- The disproportionate impact of HIV on some communities
You can pledge your support on social media simply by using the hashtag #LetsEndIt.
Below is the list of events happening in Waltham Forest to commemorate World AIDS Day. Free information and rapid tests will be offered at events.
Learn the facts about HIV on the HIVaware factsheet (190 KB PDF)
Events for World AIDS Day in Waltham Forest
Christmas Market at the Town Hall - Friday 1 December; 3-5pm:
Waltham Forest Town Hall will be lit red on 1 Dec 2017 to mark this important occasion. Come along to the Christmas Market where our sexual health team will be hosting a stall and hear about HIV and how to prevent it, and get a free test done
Venue: Town Hall, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 5JF.
World Aids Day with Positive East- Saturday 2 December; 1-5pm:
Positive East will be hosting a HIV Health and Wellbeing Fayre. There will be free HIV rapid tests available along with a number of information stalls and film screening . There will be a panel discussion and Free food will be served.
Venue: 159 Mile End Rd, London E1 4AQ
HIV & Hepatitis Awareness - Thursday 7 December; 12.30- 15:00
Barts Sexual Health team will be delivering HIV awareness training to health and social care professionals from council, NHS and voluntary sector. For more information and to register your place now on Eventbrite
Venue: Best Western Plus, 30 Oak Hill, Woodford IG8 9NY
Why is this important?
New HIV data released in November by Public Health England marks a turning point in the UK’s efforts to combat HIV.
The findings show that for the first time since the beginning of the UK epidemic, the number of HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men has fallen by 29 per cent. Also, the overall life expectancy of people diagnosed early with HIV is the same as that of the general population for people aged 15-59 years.
The recent changes are very encouraging but prevention efforts must continue. HIV still disproportionately affect certain communities, including gay and bisexual men and people in black and minority ethnic groups so there is need to continue to raise awareness, promote early testing and treatment to everyone.
Local sexual health services
- Positive East offer FREE HIV testing and STI screening throughout Waltham Forest for adults over 18.
- Sexual and Reproductive Health services provide HIV and other sexual health screening including Hep B, Hep C, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis screening
- C card scheme offers free condoms weekly to young people under the age of 25
- YMCA East offers sexual health screening and support and advice to young people under 25
PLEASE NOTE from 1 December 2017 Sexual and Reproductive Health services in Waltham Forest is changing, please visit Barts Sexual Health website for more information
Information for schools
NAT have produced free resources for teachers to use with young people to educate about HIV in a way that is engaging, practical and non-stigmatising. In this section you will find activity ideas suitable for PSHE, science, geography, ICT, citizenship, English and drama lessons, as well as resources for World AIDS Day. Visit https://www.nat.org.uk/teachers-resources to download your free resources.