World AIDS Day was founded 30 years ago by two people who were working for the World Health Organisation. The premise was simple: to raise awareness and to dispel stigma.
By 1988, tens of thousands of people had died from AIDS-related illness and that number was still rising. There was no promising treatment and people living with HIV and AIDS were experiencing discrimination from employers, landlords and health care professionals.
Activist movements had started to rise out of frustration at political apathy in the face of one of the largest public health crisis in modern history. Groups like ACT UP and Treatment Action Group (TAG) were starting to demand the government pay attention.
Support and advice organisations were forming to support people living with HIV and AIDS, with the myriad issues that went along with having the virus: housing; work; relationships; and of course, healthcare. Now, 30 years on, where are we? How far have we come?
This magazine and programme of events has been designed with our friends, partners, colleagues and of course – people living with HIV – in order to celebrate life, remember those we’ve lost and to raise awareness of an illness that still carries a burden of misunderstanding and stigma.
Click on the image above to see the programme in full. We hope to see you at an event or two but perhaps especially on December 1st when we will be remembering and celebration the lives of people living with HIV at a special World AIDS Day celebration at the Watershed in Bristol.
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