By Elizabeth Hughes
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World AIDS Day is held on 1 December annually providing an opportunity for people worldwide to unite and show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died from the disease.
World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.
UNAIDS – the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS – recently released a report showing that 2011 has been a year of unprecedented progress in science, political leadership and affirmative actions in the global fight against AIDS.
The report also shows that new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths have fallen to the lowest levels since the peak of the epidemic.
New HIV infections had declined by 21% since 1997, and deaths from AIDS-related illnesses decreased by 21% since 2005.
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS said,
“Even in a very difficult financial crisis, countries are delivering results in the AIDS response.
“We have seen a massive scale up in access to HIV
treatment which has had a dramatic effect on the lives of people everywhere.”
Despite so much progress being made it is still important that education of the public and support for AIDS charities continues.
With this aim in mind several events will be taking place across Brighton and Hove this Thursday, including two very different musical performances.
Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus will be performing a concert at St Mary’s Church, St James Street, Brighton at 7.30pm.
The event will start straight after the annual candlelit vigil at the Aids Memorialin New Steine Gardens.
Joing the BGMC on the bill are:
Rainbow Chorus, the only LGTB chorus in the city;
Resound , Brighton & Hove’s newest male voice ensemble;
Qukulele, the LGBT ukulele band and Brighton stalwart, the acclaimed soprano, Red Gray.
All artists have waived their normal fees and the entire profit of the evening (which last year raised almost £1,000) will be donated to The Sussex Beacon, the local care centre for people suffering from HIV & AIDS.
Tickets are £8, available from Dome Box Office and The Sussex Beacon Charity Shops and on the door.
Meanwhile over at the Latest Music Bar on Manchester Street, the Sussex University Student Union led Sussex Stop AIDS Campaign has organised a Start Dancing, Stop AIDS event featuring live music from soulful folk singer http://www.greenman.net/artist2011/lori-campbell/4197, BIMM student Eirini Tornesaki and local band Coco Alice.
Free condoms and info about safe sex and HIV/AIDS will be available on the night
Tickets are just £3, the gig starts at 9pm on Thursday 1st December
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