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#RockTheRibbon this World Aids Day and be an HIV ally

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World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

National AIDS Trust (NAT) is committed to stopping new cases of HIV, securing the rights of people living with HIV, and fighting HIV stigma and discrimination.  This year's campaign focuses on this diverse community and those that stand with them.

We ask Team CDDFT to #RockTheRibbon and be an HIV ally.  In 2019, it was estimated that there are 105,200 people living with HIV in the UK.  94% of these people are diagnosed, and therefore know that they have HIV.

98% of people diagnosed with HIV in the UK are on treatment, and 97% of those on treatment are virally suppressed which means they can't pass the virus on. This is called undetectable = untransmittable (U=U) This means that the UK has met (and exceeded) the UNAIDs 90-90-90 targets for 2020. NAT

Wearing a red ribbon is a great way to raise awareness and support people living with HIV on and, during the run-up to World AIDS Day.  This year as well at wearing the red ribbon why not pin a Red Ribbon to your profile picture, email signature or post it on social media to show friends and family that you #rocktheribbon the choice is yours!

For information on local HIV services and how to get tested visit the Sexual Health Service website, please CLICK HERE.

'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly, efficiently and professionally with full explanations and compassion from all staff involved'.

Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital