World AIDS Day @ Broughton St Mary’s

With just over three weeks to go, we’re delighted to announce details of our World AIDS Day Community Gathering in Edinburgh.

The Community Gathering will take place on Friday 1 December at 6.30pm in Broughton St Mary’s Church, offering the opportunity for remembrance, reflection and celebration.

On the day, there will be music courtesy of Loud & Proud and the Tartan Ribbon Community Choir. The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. If you would like copies of flyers or posters to display locally, please contact 0131 556 9710.

World AIDS Day continues to provide a focus for public attention on HIV. Fortunately new AIDS diagnoses are very rare in Scotland (only 6 new cases were recorded in 2016). In fact, with early diagnosis, people with HIV can live long and healthy lives.

However, HIV has not disappeared. There are an estimated 5,900 people living with HIV in Scotland, around one in eight of whom are undiagnosed. Our focus around World AIDS Day is therefore on promoting testing, reducing new infections and challenging the stigma that continues to surround HIV.

Along with charity and NHS partners, we’re asking people to consider ‘What Will You Do?’ to achieve these goals. You can check out the World AIDS Day Scotland website for more information about the campaign and how to get involved.