World AIDS Day
December 1st is World AIDS Day, marked annually since 1988, and this year’s theme message is Kissing Doesn’t Spread HIV. Ignorance Does.
It’s a response to National AIDS Trust research which shows 16% of people wrongly think you can get HIV from kissing, up from 4% ten years ago.
With over 36 million people living with HIV worldwide, in 2014 1.2 million people died of AIDS-related illness. This is a decline of 42% since 2004.
Since the start of the century the rate of new infections worldwide has fallen from 3.1 million a year to 2 million. Here in the UK 107,000 people are living with HIV, around 1 in 4 of who don’t know they have the virus.
NAT have released new teaching materials around HIV / AIDS for schools, here.