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World AIDS Day 2016: It’s Not Over

Thursday 1 December was World AIDS Day – a day for people across the world to unite in support of the fight against HIV; a day to reflect on how far we’ve come, and how far we’ve still got to go.

Staff holding 'It's not over' letters 

It’s Not Over

Terrence Higgins Trust’s theme for World AIDS Day was It’s Not Over (#ItsNotOver).

We’ve come a long way since the AIDS crisis first emerged, when so many lost their lives. Thankfully medical advances now mean HIV doesn’t have to stand in the way of living a long and healthy life.

But it’s not over. More people than ever are living with HIV in the UK. Services are being cut, stigma and myths about HIV are still deeply entrenched and we’re now seeing the first generation growing old with HIV. We can’t stop now.

We are still fighting, still caring and still wearing our red ribbon with pride. We won’t forget, we won’t give up. It’s not over – but with your help, it could be.

Donate and help us give people with HIV the specialist support they need.

What the public think about HIV

We conducted a survey with YouGov which revealed the extent to which myths and inaccuracies about HIV are still prevalent in Great Britain.

The survey showed that:

  • Only 29% of people are aware that people on effective HIV treatment can have children without passing on the virus.
  • One in five think that HIV can be transmitted through kissing - HIV cannot be passed on this way.
  • Only 16% of Brits agreed that there was currently an HIV epidemic in the UK.

Find out more results of the survey and read our reaction.

What happened on World AIDS Day

This remarkable day always sees an outpouring of activity from Terrence Higgins Trust supporters across the country, from local events, collections and cake sales to people sharing red ribbon selfies on social media.

There are still some World AIDS Day events taking place after Thursday 1 December. You can find your nearest using our map.

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