World AIDs Day 2019: U=U

28/11/2019

World AIDs Day 2019:  U=UUndetectable = Untransmittable

The Western Trust Health Improvement, Equality and Involvement Department are supporting the World AIDS Day (1 December 2019) campaign by working with a range of organisations to;

 

 

 

  • raise awareness about HIV
  • dispel myths around HIV
  • encourage getting a HIV test
  • provide information about services

World AIDS Day is celebrated on 1 December across the world.  This campaign supports those who are living with or affected by HIV.  Work continues throughout the year to raise awareness and the 1st of December helps shine a light on the issue where people across the globe show their support by wearing a red ribbon and organising events.  The red ribbon was the first ever charity ribbon developed.

It is through this work that we challenge stigma and discrimination.  We have come a long way in terms of treatment and prevention work but HIV related stigma and discrimination still exists.

One of the key messages this year is - effective treatment for HIV lowers and keeps the level of the virus in the blood at such low levels that someone who is living with HIV and taking effective treatment cannot transmit the virus to their sexual partners.  BHIVA Undetectable = Untransmittable

It is estimated that the majority of onwards HIV transmission is from those who have the virus and do not know about it. Early testing is important if you think you have been at risk of contracting HIV.  The main routes of transmission remain sexual contact involving men who have sex with men and sexual contact between men and women.

Ann Linstrom from the Western Trust Health Improvement Equality and Involvement Department commented: “As well as raising awareness about HIV and how far we have come in terms of treatment and prevention work, I would like to encourage anyone who thinks they might be at risk of HIV to get tested.  Please contact your local GUM clinic if you are concerned.”

To support the delivery of the campaign an information pack has been developed.Click on the image to access the pack.

You can get involved:

  • Wear a red ribbon.  Ribbons will be available at information points at Altnagelvin Hospital, Omagh Health and Primary Care Complex and the South West Acute Hospital as well as targeted settings such as education campuses, community and work place settings.
  • Like or share campaign social media posts.

For further information, please contact Ann Linstrom Telephone 028 7186 5127 or email Ann.Linstrom@westerntrust.hscni.net