Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:48 GMT on Saturday, 1st December 2012.
World AIDS Day in Lanarkshire

NHS LANARKSHIRE’S Blood Borne Virus (BBV) and Sexual Health Promotion team has helped organise a number of events to promote World AIDS Day, which is being held today.


Partner organisations such as both Lanarkshire local authorities, the Terrence Higgins Trust, LANDED Peer Education and Waverley Care – which promotes sexual health within the African community – have also been involved in the promotion of the day.


As well as encouraging everyone to wear a red ribbon to promote HIV/AIDS awareness, red ribbon flags will be flown above Monklands Hospital, North and South Lanarkshire Council Headquarters and the University of the West of Scotland.


Information stalls will also be set up within NHS Lanarkshire’s three acute hospitals – Monklands, Wishaw General and Hairmyres – to allow the public to get more information.


Tracy-Ann Kidd, NHS Lanarkshire health promotion officer said: “The red ribbon is the international symbol of AIDS awareness and has been in existence for over 20 years now.


“It’s a simple and powerful way to challenge the stigma and prejudice around HIV and show support for people living with HIV.


“World AIDS Day is an ideal way to raise awareness among all communities about HIV and AIDS and we’d encourage everyone to wear a red ribbon and show their support for the day.”


In Scotland it is estimated that there are 4,254 diagnosed HIV infected people and over 90,000 across the UK. These numbers have trebled in the last 10 years and it estimated that over a quarter of people with HIV are undiagnosed


Tracy-Ann continued: “These statistics demonstrate how important it is that we attempt to keep HIV and AIDS awareness at the top of the health agenda and the general public can help us do that by becoming more aware of HIV.”

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