AIDS Awareness Week 2021

Press Release >> City of Wolverhampton Council

Starting on Monday 29th November to Thursday 2nd December City of Wolverhampton Council will be proudly supporting AIDS Awareness Week. 

The most recent estimate suggests there were 105,200 people living with HIV in the UK in 2019. Of these, around 6,600 are undiagnosed so do not know they are HIV positive.  London continues to have the highest rates of HIV in the country: 36% of new diagnoses in 2019 were in London residents and 38% of people seen for HIV care were living in London.

Of the 4,139 people diagnosed with HIV in the UK in 2019, 41% were gay or bisexual men.  Of the 1,559 heterosexual people diagnosed with HIV in 2019, 37% were black African men and women.

In 2017, the overall mortality rate for people aged 15-59 who were diagnosed early was, for the first time, equal to that of the general population for the same age group. (HIV statistics | Terrence Higgins Trust)

The National Aids Trust estimates that 1 in 16 people living with HIV in the UK do not know that they have the virus. This is why the Rainbow Staff Forum are working alongside different organisations and have decided to extend World AIDS Day on Wednesday 1 December to four days.


Here is the plan for the week:

Monday 29 November -  We will focus on the history of AIDS - from the rise of the epidemic in the 1980’s to the infamous tombstone video. 

Tuesday 30 November - We will look at the portrayal of AIDS in the media and how this has changed over the years.  

Wednesday 1 December - We will commemorate those that have lost their lives to AIDS by taking part in a memorial walk and hosting a special screening of Bohemian Rhapsody at the Lighthouse Cinema in Wolverhampton. 'Starting at 7pm outside the Prince Albert Pub, Railway Street, WV1 1LG'
Thursday 2 December - We will end the week by understanding where we are today with AIDS and HIV, and how you can get tested.



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