World AIDS Day 2014
  • Drake's Place Gardens, North Hill, Plymouth

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Pride in Plymouth volunteers are organising an evening event that will bring people together in the city to mark World AIDS Day with a candlelit vigil, speakers and poetry readings.

The chosen venue for this event is the recently refurbished Drake's Place Gardens on North Hill which will offer a tranquil space with some shelter from the elements. 

The community are encouraged to gather together from 6.30pm with a minute's silence at 7pm followed by the speakers.

Hot drinks and soup will also be available and donations are welcome in support of the Eddystone Trust.

Contact Pride in Plymouth (email: info@prideinplymouth.org.uk / tel: 07928 196618) for further information.

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World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Around 100,000 are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 35 million people have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

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Text extract from Pride in Plymouth website

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