HIV Dublin – Our Responsibility: Building an Inclusive Society

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke, will host an event in the Mansion House on Monday 1st December at 8.30am to mark World AIDS Day. It is an occasion of celebration to emphasise that HIV is a responsibility for all. The Mansion House will be lit in red from early morning joining with other cities worldwide to highlight the continued existence of HIV and AIDS in Ireland and across the globe.

The main focus of the morning will be to launch ‘HIV – Our Responsibilities’, a booklet produced by Positive Now, an all Ireland network of people living with HIV. This report is an invitation to Irish Society to become involved in a conversation about HIV and its responsibility towards developing a greater awareness, understanding and acceptance of HIV in Ireland. To quote the report:

‘People living with HIV each want to be treated as a human being, just like any other human being. People living with HIV want to be part of communities, contribute to society, and be treated equally and fairly, just like anyone else. People living with HIV do not want to be seen as victims. Society must come to understand that people living with HIV are not a threat.’
There is a significant and welcome improvement in treatment for HIV in Ireland but there is still a cause of concern in the rising numbers.  The 2013 report by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows that 344 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in Ireland in 2013. The latest report for the first half of 2014 shows that new diagnosis continues to rise.  Many people living with HIV in Ireland reside in the Eastern Region and Dublin city and county.

According to the Lord Mayor, “Dublin City Council has supported and highlighted World AIDS Day for a number of years. In 2014, in my term as Lord Mayor I believe this is a very significant issue we need to bring awareness to in order to educate a new generation on living safer, sexually healthy lives. Most importantly we need to stamp out the stigma that still exists around HIV, a stigma that is no longer acceptable in our modern society”.

On Monday, 1st December GAZE International LGBT Film Festival in association with Dublin City Council will have a screening of ‘FINTAN’ a 1994 documentary by Irish Director Bill Hughes at 6.30pm in the Light House Cinema, Smithfield,  Dublin 1.

On a worldwide basis, over 33 million people have been diagnosed with the HIV virus. World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for us all, individuals, communities and politicians, to remember that HIV has not gone away.  It is an occasion for people to take action to ensure that human rights are protected, global targets for HIV and AIDS treatment and care are met and people and institutions within our society understand where their responsibility lies.  We must reduce the incidents of new HIV diagnoses and the stigma and discrimination that often accompany people who are HIV positive.  Supporting World AIDS Day is part of this journey.

For information about HIV, safer sex, testing and support please visit:

www.dublinaidsalliance.ie; www.man2man.ie; www.positivenow.ie

The event on the 1st December is supported by ACET, BelongTo, Concern, Diaspora Women’s Initiative,  DOCHAS, Dublin AIDS Alliance, Dublin City Council,  Gay Health Network, Gay Men’s Health Service, Healthy Ireland,  HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme, Man2Man.ie, Positive Now, St. James’s GUIDE Clinic


ENDS


For further information contact:

Declan Hayden, Dublin City Council – 01 2223413
Mick Quinlan, HSE Gay Men’s Health Service –HSE Press Office:  1 6352840
Niall Mulligan, Dublin AIDS Alliance – 085 7457951/01 8733799 

Ref: http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/HIVSTIs/HIVandAIDS/SurveillanceReports/

Notes to the Editor

‘FINTAN’ a 1994 documentary by Irish Director Bill Hughes
'Fintan Brennan was just settling in to a promising career in law when he became HIV Positive. This was in the late 80's when such a diagnosis was considered a death sentence. In this inspirational documentary we meet his family as they come to terms with their loss but most importantly we meet Fintan, six weeks before his passing, as he speaks with extraordinary insight and honesty about his life.'
On the 1st of December 1994 RTE screened this documentary film directed by Bill Hughes. Twenty years on GAZE International LGBT Film Festival is sharing and remembering  this compelling story to mark World Aids Day 2014.


 

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