Marking World AIDS Day

Today, 1 December, is World AIDS Day. We mark World AIDS Day to raise awareness about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. Despite many years of progress, our community is still dealing with the heavy toll HIV and AIDS can take. Around 10,500 people are living with HIV in NSW today. This year's World AIDS Day theme, Getting to Zero, is all about encouraging people to get tested regularly and treated early. This evening a large, red ribbon - the symbol of World AIDS Day - will be projected onto the façade of Sydney Town Hall. The City also ran a number of pop-up clinics and information stalls today across Kings Cross, Oxford St and in the CBD. A slideshow featuring images of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt has been on display at Newtown and Surry Hills libraries this week. The sewing project started in the 1980s with quilt panels displaying the names of people who have died of AIDS, and now contains more than 94,000 names. The spread of HIV can be reduced if people are tested regularly and treated early to achieve better health outcomes. HIV testing is now much easier with rapid test results in less than 30 minutes. For more details, visit: worldaidsday.org.au.

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