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World Aids Day

Sheffield 2012 – ‘Lets Talk About HIV’

Sheffield World AIDS DAY Poster 2012.pdf

What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day is held every year on 1 December 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.

Why is World AIDS Day important?

More than 90,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 33.3 million people have HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 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.

You can also show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness.

Whats on in Sheffield?



7th November 2012 – 4-5.30pm

Twilight Session to support Schools and Colleges

World AIDS Day Schools Twilight 2012
If you would like to mark this important day at your school/college/organisation the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health would like to help. You can support World AIDS Day by raising the issue within your organisation and this seminar is an opportunity for you to gain ideas and resources to do this.
Attendance at the seminar will include:

  • Basic information and facts about HIV, presented as an assembly or a workshop with the aim of increasing knowledge and awareness
  • Presentation in CD format to take away and use in your school/college
  • Additional resources and materials to support young people’s learning and ideas for putting their knowledge into action
  • An opportunity to ask questions
  • A World AIDS Day pack to take away including:
  • CD
  • Supporting Notes
  • Background Information
  • Red Ribbons to help raise money
  • Leaflets and Posters

To book a place on the session, or for more information, please contact Gemma Grayson, Training Course Administrator, Centre for HIV and Sexual Health on 0114 305 4444 or

Fri 30 November at 12.30

Service of Remembrance

  • There will be a short reflective service in the Chapel, A Floor, Royal Hallamshire Hospital on Fri 30 November at 12.30 to remember all those whose lives are affected by HIV and AIDS. As usual there will be an opportunity to light candles in memory of those who have died. All are welcome.


1st December 2012 11am-4pm

Break The Silence – commemorating World AIDS Day with African communities in Sheffield SADACCA

  • Organised by the African Sexual Health Peer Education Project, this event will bring together people from the diverse range of African communities in Sheffield to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. Following the success of previous years, we are expanding the event to provide participants with an opportunity to take part in discussions and workshops on the issues affecting our communities as well as some fun and exciting African drum and dance workshops. We also hope that this event will provide an opportunity for community members to meet, raise awareness, network, and identify future developments in the field of HIV awareness. A free lunch from the wonderful SADACCA kitchen will also be provided. This is expected to be a hugely popular event and, with a limited number of places available, we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment!


Candlelit Vigil – Sheffield Winter Gardens – 5.30pm

  • An open event to remember those who have been lost to HIV and AIDS both in the UK and globally, and to show our support for those living with and affected by HIV.  There will be a collection at the event with all proceeds going to HIV support charities in the city.

World AIDS Day Candlelit Vigil 2012.pdf


Further information