Monday 01-12-2014 - 14:52
Today (Monday 1 December), NUS will be joining other organisations from across the world for Worlds AIDS Day.
World AIDS Day is marked worldwide and is a chance to raise public awareness and tackle the stigma that often surrounds HIV and AIDS. More people than ever are living with HIV in the UK and each year new infections occur. These statistics below provide a snapshot of the HIV epidemic in the UK and abroad.
The facts about HIV in the UK:
- The number of people living with HIV in the UK has doubled in the last ten years
- Around 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK
- One in five people with HIV in the UK are undiagnosed
- About two thirds of people living with HIV are men and a third are women
- Over half of all people living with HIV are aged between 30 and 49, but there are significant numbers both of young people and older people now living with HIV
The facts about HIV around the globe:
- 35.3m people living with HIV worldwide
- 47 per cent of people living with HIV worldwide are women
- 1.6m AIDS-related deaths
There remains no cure or vaccine for AIDS, only treatments which slow the course of the disease. There are some drugs which reduce the mortality of those infected with HIV, but they are expensive and not routinely available in every country.
What you can do to get involved
- Encourage your fellow officers, staff and students to wear the red ribbon as a sign of solidarity
- Organise a fundraising event with raffles, auctions or performances
- Organise a sponsored for a run, swim or a cycle
- Join the HIV Activists Network and get involved in campaigning for change
- Talk to your family and friends to raise more awareness in your community.
To find out more about World Aids Day, please visit www.worldaidsday.org.