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World Aids Day 2020

27 Jan 2021
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Habs HIV Assembly
Habs HIV Assembly

The word “unprecedented” is often used to describe the current COVID-19 pandemic.

However, for a large number of people there has been a very real precedent that is still ongoing.  Since the 1980s, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has been the major health crisis around the world.

Whereas we hear promising stories in the news about vaccines for coronavirus, the same can not be said for HIV. No vaccines and no cures exist. Those infected must live with the disease for the rest of their lives.

But there is good news. Modern medication means that people infected with HIV can now live as long and healthy a life as everyone else.

Effective treatment is only thanks to the sterling efforts from charities such as the National AIDS Trust. Sales of red ribbons during World Aids Week helps the charity to continue their inspiring work. Through the sale of red ribbons last term we raised an amazing £200.

Pictured is one of our Sixth formers, Malika, who gave a tremendous assembly on the subject. Her remote presentation was given online and highlighted the great progress that has been made in the last 30 years, but also the importance of continuing to support groups such as the National AIDS Trust. It led to some great discussions in form groups on the stigmas and misconceptions that are still sometimes associated with HIV.

Former Habs Girl, Alice Goldsmith is now in charge of fundraising for the National AIDS trust. She told us “The Trust works to stop HIV from standing in the way of health, dignity and equality, and to end new HIV transmissions. Our expertise, research and advocacy secure lasting change to the lives of people living with and at risk of HIV. However much you raise, your support will do something amazing!”.

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