Ian MacDonald from ACON, promoting the message of World AIDS Day.
Ian MacDonald from ACON, promoting the message of World AIDS Day.

Stay aware of HIV/AIDS

It was World AIDS Day on Tuesday and ACON had a stall in the CBD to help spread the message that HIV is still here.

The red ribbon has been the international symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness since 1991 and is worn by people to show solidarity and support for people living with HIV and in remembrance of those who have died of AIDS.

While NSW has had good success in lowering infection rates, mainly due to education and awareness programs and needle exchange programs, in Australia there are still around 1000 new HIV infections a year. In 2009 there are more than 39 million people living with HIV worldwide, with about 4 million new infections each year. The majority of these are in sub-Saharan Africa.

The HIV/AIDS fact sheet provided by ACON states that “unsafe sex (without a condom) represents a real risk of HIV transmission. If used properly condoms reduce the risk of HIV transmission to almost zero.”

ACON is holding a bingo night fundraiser tonight (Thursday, December 3) at the Lismore Workers Club. The theme is red, and the night will feature the antics of Ms Sugar Cane and Rollin De Hay. Cost is $10, phone 6622 1555 for bookings and there will be prizes for best dressed table and individual.


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