ACTING AWARE HELPS ENSURE THAT EVERYONE AFFECTED BY HIV IS TREATED FAIRLY AND WITH UNDERSTANDING
Knowledge of HIV is on the decline despite the fact there are more people living with HIV in the UK than ever before. There is still a great deal of stigma about HIV, often as a result of ignorance on how HIV is transmitted and what it's like to live with HIV.
"I WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO REALISE THAT HIV AND AIDS IS A PANDEMIC THAT CAN POTENTIALLY AFFECT EVERYONE AND IS NOT CONFINED TO THE GAY COMMUNITY AND DRUG USERS"
Why act aware?
Acting Aware means understanding the real facts about HIV and using that knowledge to inform your behaviour.
"I WOULD LIKE EVERYONE TO THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT HIV AND WHAT IT MEANS TO LIVE WITH HIV - AND THEREFORE BE REALISTIC, AWARE AND PRACTICAL WHEN IT COMES TO SAFER SEX"
Things you can do to raise awareness
- Find out the facts and bust the myths about HIV
- Use our risk calculator to find out if you've put yourself at risk of HIV
- Talk to those around you about HIV, point them to this website and share anything new
you learn about HIV
- Organise a fundraising event to raise awareness of HIV in the UK
- Always use a condom when having sex with a new partner
- Join the virtual HIV Activists Network to fight with us for the rights of people affected by HIV
and for better HIV education, prevention and testing
- Join Press Gang, a virtual group of people living with HIV who challenge inaccurate and
stigmatising stories about HIV in the UK media
- Challenge people who hold misconceptions about HIV by telling them the facts and encouraging respect
- Wear a red ribbon, the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV. Find out about
the history of the red ribbon here
- Find out if your local school teaches young people about HIV and explain why it's important
- Be the first to find out what we're up to and what you can do by following us on Twitter and Instagram
People acting aware
WORLD AIDS DAY QUILT
Artist Lynn Setterington collaborated with the General Society of Microbiology, Manchester Metropolitan University, and local community groups to create a World AIDS Day quilt. The quilt which reads 'Respect and Protect' is made up of iconic red ribbons and took over one hundred volunteers six sessions to make.
STREET ART IN CARDIFF
Every day in December 2011, Beulah United Reformed Church in Cardiff put a door in the street to invite people to think about questions such as 'where are we going?' A red ribbon was pinned on the door to encourage people to be positive and face life with hope.
PROUD TO BE HIV AWARE
At London Pride 2014, NAT supporter Zarich Catlin-Hallett decorated her dog's lead with red ribbons and attached an eye-catching sign to his side, which she later added the web address for HIVAware.org.uk to.
PAINTING BLACKPOOL RED
For World AIDS Day 2013, Blackpool Tower blazed red throughout the whole of 1 December. Blackpool residents took photos of the Tower and shared them on social media.
KISSING WITHOUT PREJUDICE
One hundred people from the LGBT community, of all ages and from all walks of life, featured in a photographic exhibition ‘Kissing without prejudice’ on World Aids Day. The photographs were taken by Elaine Stapleton and the images were projected onto buildings in the city centres of Manchester and Liverpool.