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World AIDS Day: Wear the Red Ribbon

Wear the Red Ribbon World AIDS Day is 1 December, with a theme this year of ‘Let communities lead’.

By Sheila Nursimhulu

A large red ribbon on a concrete building

Thankfully, today in the UK, it is very rare that someone is diagnosed with AIDS, but the diagnosis of late stage or advanced HIV remains a reality and, if left untreated, can cause serious illness.

Current treatment for HIV reduces the virus to an ‘undetectable’ level. This protects the immune system, allowing people to lead a healthy life. As the virus can also not be passed on at such a low level, it enables them to live a normal life.

According to the Terrence Higgins Trust: “We truly can reach the life-changing goal of ending new HIV cases in the UK by 2030, but we can’t do it without you”.

For advice on sexual health in Newham, visit ‘All East Sexual Health Advice and Support’ at www.alleast.nhs.uk