Today, 1 December, is World AIDS today. It’s a day to commemorate those who have lost their lives to AIDS, to spread awareness of HIV/AIDS and support those living with HIV/AIDS.
This year, the theme is HIV is still here – and it’s on the move. There is always more to be done to help those living with HIV and AIDS, including raising awareness and combating stigma.
From World AIDS Day Australia: “As a community and as individuals, there is a lot we can do in relation to HIV. Working in partnership with people living with HIV, we can encourage others to understand how HIV is transmitted. We can support people to access testing, treatment and care, as we know that commencing treatment at the early stages of HIV results in better health outcomes and reduces the likelihood of onward transmission.”
Yesterday, North Richmond Community Health ran a community barbecue to recognise World AIDS Day. The event was opened by Wurundjeri Elder Georgina Nicholson, who welcomed everyone to Wurundjeri land. The barbecue provided a space to speak about HIV/AIDS, gather with friends and pay tribute to those whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
Staff, friends and community members were entertained with fantastic musical performances by local bands Nu Regime and Glass Flowers.
Glass Flowers performing at North Richmond Community Health.
For more information on World AIDS Day, go to the World AIDS Day Australia website.