World AIDS Day: Five global events that will change the way you think
December 1st is World AIDS day. This global action event has been held annually since 1982 to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS and to take positive action to fight it. Seminars, concerts and parties are staged across the UK and beyond as the world comes together in the universal fight against this damaging epidemic. And while many of the events are a great excuse for a knees-up, their message couldn’t be more important.
Many people are still oblivious to the dangers of HIV and AIDS. But the fact is that HIV is on the rise. And it’s not just the far-reaches of Africa that are affected. New diagnoses are on the rise across the world. And yes, that includes the UK. But with positive action, it’s possible to eradicate AIDS. Completely. Now that’s something worth fighting for.
Hundreds of events are taking place across the UK, from dance parties in the tunnels of Tower Bridge to charity walks in Chelmsford and rock gigs in Watford. There’s bound to be something happening near you.
But we thought we’d tell you about some of the events happening further afield. And with our comprehensive and cost-effective single trip travel insurance as well as market leading HIV travel insurance (we were the first insurer to offer cover and have thirty years of experience in the field), what’s stopping you joining the party?
1. AIDS Awareness Gay Fashion Show
Wednesday 1st December
The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois., Ireland
Glam it up in Ireland and watch the models strut their stuff on the catwalk at this spectacular fashion show. The event is produced by Ireland’s top fashion co-ordinator, Greg Keenan. All profits from the event go to AIDS Awareness.
2. Lights for Rights
Wednesday 1st December – Thursday 2nd December
The County Building, Mobile, Alabama, USA
Watch as the RSA Tower and the Renaissance Hotel are covered in red lights and lit in support of World AIDS Day. There will also be live music and a program of talks from influential speakers such as Dr Shannon Tyler, an HIV Specialist Doctor from South Alabama Hospital.
3. World AIDS Campaign: Lusikisiki
Friday 26th November – Saturday 27th November
Lusikisiki, South Africa
A series of thought-provoking workshops aimed at highlighting issues surrounding gender inequality and the spread of HIV in every country of the world. Less for the thrill-seekers and more for those that want to learn first-hand about the challenging cultural issues surrounding Africa’s AIDS epidemic.
4. World AIDS Campaign Open Mic Night
Friday 3rd December, 7.30pm – 10pm
The DC Center, Washington DC, USA
Sit back and enjoy an evening of AIDS themed performance poetry and spoken word from some of the American capital’s finest amateur performers. Or maybe you’d like to have a go yourself? The stage awaits...
5. World AIDS Day Concert
Wednesday 1st December, 7pm – 9pm
First United Methodist Church, Boulder, Colorado, USA
Enjoy a performance from the globally-renowned Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, as they present their unique take on a series of modern pop classics. And yes, that means you can expect a choral rendition of ‘It’s Raining Men’.
And don’t forget to show your support for World AIDS Day by wearing your red ribbon.