Town marks World AIDS day

Eastbourne Town Hall clock displayed in pink for World Aids Day. November 30th 2011 E48174M
Eastbourne Town Hall clock displayed in pink for World Aids Day. November 30th 2011 E48174M

HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is calling on the people of Eastbourne to get the facts about HIV this World AIDS Day (December 1).

To mark the occasion, the charity is launching a project called Ask Me About HIV, which will see people across the UK speaking out about what it means to live with the condition today.

Over the last two decades, advances in treatment have transformed what it means to live with HIV, yet public understanding of the condition can seem stuck in the past.

In a bid to combat myths and help local people stay safe, the Terrence Higgins Trust will be holding a number of events across East Sussex, including a World AIDS Day information drive at Eastbourne Railway Station on November 29 (8am-10am), where Terrence Higgins Trust staff and volunteers will be talking to commuters about HIV, collecting donations and selling red ribbons. The funds raised will help Terrence Higgins Trust support people living with HIV locally.

There will also be a World AIDS Day memorial procession on December 1 (from 6pm) from the Town Hall. Representatives from Terrence Higgins Trust will join the mayor of Eastbourne, councillors, and other local figures for a World AIDS Day memorial procession starting at Eastbourne Town Hall and finishing at the Bandstand.

Sue Peters, regional manager for Terrence Higgins Trust, said, “The last time there was a national HIV awareness campaign in this country was 1987, so it’s no surprise that public understanding of the virus is so often out of date.

“Many people don’t realise that, so long as someone is diagnosed in good time, they can live a full life, well into old age, even start a family. One of the biggest challenges facing people living with HIV today is what people without HIV think about it. This World AIDS Day, we want to give the people of East Sussex the facts about HIV. There are lots of ways to take part, whether it’s coming along to an event, getting the facts from our website, making a donation or simply wearing a red ribbon.”