Saturday 1 December is World AIDS Day and the NHS Tayside Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Managed Care Network is encouraging people in Tayside to support the ‘Getting to ZERO!’ campaign.
HIV care has been revolutionised in the last 30 years. Whilst there is still no cure for HIV, the treatments available today are so effective that someone with an undetectable HIV viral load on treatment cannot pass on HIV. This is known as Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U).
‘Getting to zero!’ campaign encompasses the ambitious targets of; ‘ZERO new HIV infections’, ‘ZERO late diagnoses’, ‘ZERO HIV related deaths’ and ‘ZERO stigma’ in Tayside by 2030.
NHS Tayside Genito-Urinary Medicine Consultant, Dr Ciara Cunningham, said, “The ‘Getting to Zero’ campaign should send a strong message to our community that people on effective HIV treatment can live healthily with this virus and do not transmit it to others.
“We hope that this encourages more people to come forward and be tested as people can benefit from early diagnosis and treatment.”
This year, NHS Tayside raising awareness of HIV by working with Dundee City Council, DCA, Dundee University Students Association, Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland, LGBT Youth Scotland, local schools, the Wellgate and Overgate shopping centres and many more statutory, third and private sector organisations.
The Wellgate Centre is hosting a photography exhibition, showcasing local interpretations on the theme “Overcoming Stigma”. The exhibition, which finishes on 1 December, features a selection of photographs from a competition launched earlier this year, by the HIV Service.
Over the next few days Terrence Higgins Trust & Men Only Tayside will also be holding a series of Health Promotion, fund raising and HIV testing events at venues below.
- Salty Dog – 29 November and 1 December
- The Overgate – 30 November and 1 December
- Dundee Ice Arena – 1 December
- Club Kudos Sauna – noon until 4pm 1 December. Why not pop along, pick up a ribbon and do your bit helping us ‘Get to Zero?’
HIV testing is available all year round. Speak to your doctor or make an appointment at a Sexual Health Clinic if you would like to discuss testing. You can also visit www.sexualhealthtayside.org or www.menonlytayside.com for more information.