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Smash Stigma with Waverley Care this World AIDS Day 2019

Every year on 1 December, World AIDS Day is marked across the world. It’s an opportunity to commemorate those lost to AIDS related illnesses, increase awareness of HIV, raise funds to support people affected by HIV today and smash the stigma that continues to surround the condition.

This year we're launching a nation-wide search for World AIDS Day Champions who will help #SmashStigma and make Scotland a kinder, fairer place for everyone affected by HIV today.

You can do this by holding an event in your workplace or community, or by volunteering at a Waverley Care World AIDS Day bucket collection across Scotland.

Become a World AIDS Day Champion and you will receive a World AIDS Day Champion’s Pack. The pack includes information about the history of World AIDS Day and HIV today, materials such as posters, bunting, quiz sheets and fundraising resources, links to branded cupcake toppings and a top tips guide to marking World AIDS Day. You will also receive a Waverley Care t-shirt, pens, pencils, stickers and other exciting materials.

We’re here to support you every step of the way and would love to talk about your plans! If you would like to speak to us, please contact the fundraising team, call 0131 556 9710 or email worldaidsday@waverleycare.org.

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We need you to be a World AIDS Day Champion because HIV continues to be a big challenge for our communities across Scotland. There are 5,500 people diagnosed with HIV in Scotland today and, in the first half of 2019, there were 184 new diagnoses. With an ongoing HIV outbreak in Glasgow, our services are at the frontline tackling the outbreak, while continuing to reduce and prevent new diagnoses Scotland-wide. 

With advances in treatment and medication, people living with HIV in the UK today can live a long and normal life.

But the fear, ignorance and stigma that surrounds the condition mean that people continue to live double lives, hiding their HIV diagnosis from neighbours, colleagues, and sometimes even family and friends.

At Waverley Care, we support and empower people living with HIV to live healthier, happier lives. We go to where people are in their communities, making HIV testing and treatment accessible to everyone. We smash stigma by talking about HIV as a part of everyday life. 

With your support, together we can make sure every person living with or affected by HIV gets the care and compassion they deserve.

And with your help, we can continue making sure our services are there for everyone in Scotland.

Sign up to be a World AIDS Day Champion here!

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Thinking about becoming a World AIDS Day Champion but want to find out more? Check out the videos below to find out why we want you to #SmashStigma with us this World AIDS Day!

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