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1 December 2018, 08:23 | Updated: 1 December 2018, 09:12
Leading HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust is calling on local residents in Hertfordshire to join them in hitting zero HIV transmissions in the UK to mark 30 years of World AIDS Day today (1st December).
The Terrance Higgins Trust say this World AIDS Day should be used not only to remember the lives lost to HIV/AIDS, but to look ahead to a brighter future.
Today, medical advances have come on leaps and bounds, and ending HIV transmission in the UK is finally within sight. From condoms, to PrEP, to treatment and testing, we now have a range of tools that can prevent HIV transmission.
According to Public Health England: In 2017, 43.9% of Hertfordshire residents received a late HIV diagnosis.
The vision of Terrence Higgins Trust is a world where people with HIV live healthy lives free from prejudice and discrimination, and good sexual health is a right and reality for all.
Luis Ingram, Service Manager (Hertfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes) at Terrence Higgins Trust, said:
"On 1st December, people all over the world will wear a red ribbon in remembrance to those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS.
We're encouraging people to come along to our launch on 30th November and remember the lives lost to HIV/AIDS and how far we've come.
We will continue to work towards #ZeroHIV transmissions and #ZeroHIV stigma for all those lives lost since the first World AIDS Day 30 years ago, and all those with us today who will be right by our side helping us get there."
Get your ribbon here: www.tht.org.uk/worldaidsday
Terrence Higgins Trust in Hertfordshire is based at York House, 45 Baldock St, Ware, SG12 9DH & provides support, information and advice services for those living with HIV and affected by HIV.
To find your nearest clinic, go to the service finder on : https://www.tht.org.uk/centres-and-services