Events are taking place right across Scotland on and around 1st December to mark and commemorate World AIDS Day – so there’s plenty to do if you want to get involved and show your support.
At the Scottish Parliament on 27 November MSPs will be urged to consider the future of Scotland’s response to HIV at a reception hosted by HIV Scotland. There will be short speeches from people living with HIV and the event will work to make politicians consider what may come next for Scotland as the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework draws to a close early next year. Invitation is closed for this event but there are a number of ways you can get involved with other events in your area!
Why not head along to one of the community gatherings taking place on 1st December? For an evening of speakers, music, reflection and refreshments head along to one of the following venues at 6pm; if you’re in Dundee – St Paul’s Cathedral, High Street, or Edinburgh – St John’s Church, Princes Street, or Fife – St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Kirkcaldy, or if you’re in the Borders – Volunteer Hall on St John Street.
If you live in or near Edinburgh don’t miss CabarAIDS, a fun and entertaining evening of cabaret organised by The University of Edinburgh’s Stop AIDS society. The event will be raising funds for Positive Help, so a donation of £3 is suggested to support this important charity.
Glasgow’s City Chambers will host a civic reception to mark World AIDS Day that you can pop along too from 7pm, and for an entertaining and lively way to commemorate World AIDS Day in Glasgow, why not get a ticket to the Edinburgh Gay Men’s Choir at Speakeasy, 10 John Street. The concert will also feature a performance from Choral Stimulation, an award winning a cappella group. Tickets are £8, or £6 for students and concessions.
Do also keep an eye out for pop-up HIV testing clinics and information stalls right across the country – universities, colleges, bars and even shopping centres are getting involved and spreading the word.
With all these events, organisations across Scotland are urging people to ask themselves ‘What Will You Do?’ for World AIDS Day this year. If you want to do more than simply attend an event then why not organise your own? Get your friends involved or try and promote it to your entire community. Most importantly, do whatever you can to raise awareness, challenge stigma and reduce new infections.