Saturday 1st December will be World AIDs Day and this year is all about showing support: show your friends, family, colleagues and more importantly to those people whose lives are affecting by HIV. How? By Rocking the Red Ribbon! And help in the fight to reduce stigma and discrimination that surrounds HIV.

Where can I get a Red Ribbon? If you are planning a fundraising event, you can order a pack of 100 red ribbons from the World AIDs Day website free of charge you just need to simply fill out this order form. Individual Red Ribbons can be purchased from the website and will also be in MAC stores across the country, selected branches of Morrisons, and selected branches of HSBC UK, where you can pick one up for a suggested donation of £1.

Derby Arena, Intu Derby and Quad will be going red to show their support for World AIDs Day if you would like to show your support, take a selfie wearing the Red Ribbon and tweet adding #derbyrocktheribbon.

Here’s what everyone needs to know

  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that damages the cells in your immune system and weakens your ability to fight everyday infections and disease.
  • If left untreated, HIV can lead to AIDS. By getting regularly, tested and receiving early treatment means maintaining a healthier immune system. Many people on treatment live just as long as those who don’t have HIV. Being on effective treatment means you cannot pass the virus on to anyone else.
  • You don’t have to be Gay, or bisexual to be at risk of contracting HIV. In 2015, 48% of those people living with HIV had been exposed through sex between a man and a woman and 47% were through men having sex with men
  • Don’t listen to everything you’ve heard! You can’t catch it through: touching, hugging, shaking hands or sharing utensils, kissing, spitting or sharing saliva, urine or faeces, biting or scratching, Insect bites.

If you would like to find out more visit the World AIDs Day website.