Held on 1 December each year, World AIDS Day is a day aimed at raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic that is caused by the spread of HIV and tackling the stigma that is faced by those diagnosed with HIV or AIDS.
Despite many scientific advances in recent years, there remains a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation around both HIV and AIDS among society which can lead to negative experiences for those living with the condition or those in minority groups who are believed to be at risk of contracting the disease.
For example, many people still believe HIV and AIDS only affects gay men, or men who have sex with other men, when in fact over one third of people living in the UK with HIV are women.
HIV and AIDS can be passed on in several ways and can affect anyone, even before birth, regardless of sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic.
Since 2005 those living with HIV or AIDS have been legally protected under Disability legislation however many still continue to face issues in their workplace or community.
Our union is opposed to all forms of discrimination and encourages anyone who has experienced or witnessed such behaviour to report it to a local rep immediately.
You can find more information on the World AIDS Day website.