World AIDS Day 2015 campaign supported by Lord Mayor of Dublin

#WADirl

Árdmhéara / Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh, has given her full support to Ireland’s first ever 5-day national World AIDS Day campaign. The Lord Mayor will officially launch Dublin’s support for World AIDS Day at 9.30am on Tuesday 1st December outside the Mansion House.

The focus of World AIDS Day 2015 is Solidarity with all people living with HIV, both those who know they are living with HIV, and those who don’t. The campaign will run for 5 days from Friday 27th of November until World AIDS Day on the 1st of December.

In support of the campaign an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh said “I wish to highlight the need for people to understand the stigma that is still attached to HIV in Ireland and work on how we can begin to break it down.  This is best done by openly challenging HIV discrimination when it occurs.  Oibrímis le chéile chun dearcadh an phobail i leith VEID in Éirinn a fheabhsú”

Lysander Preston, Chairperson of Positive Now, the all-Ireland network of people living with HIV welcomed this new campaign. “Positive Now stands in solidarity with those living with HIV and AIDS around the world. We will continue to work together to help combat the HIV related stigma and discrimination which greatly impacts on individuals living with this illness. This campaign is a significant and welcome step in raising awareness about HIV in Ireland today’.

The Lord Mayor is joined by the Mayors of Cork, Limerick and Galway who are also supporting the campaign by promoting the key messages of HIV Visibility, HIV Stigma, HIV Support and HIV Knowledge. Equally, city councils and local authorities are showing their solidarity by lighting up in red, prominent buildings in cities across the country. HIV organisations and sexual health services are supporting the campaign in many ways including organised events and activities that will run throughout the campaign and into December.

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Notes to the Editor:

The key messages of HIV Visibility, HIV Stigma, HIV Support and HIV Knowledge are being promoted through a social media campaign on Facebook and twitter asking people to show their solidarity with people who are living with HIV. They can do so by wearing a red ribbon, starting a conversation about HIV with friends and family, challenging HIV stigma and discrimination if they encounter it or learning more about safer sex and getting tested for HIV. The hashtag for the campaign is #WADirl.

While there has been a significant and welcome improvement in treatment for HIV, concern remains regarding the rising numbers of newly diagnosed cases in Ireland. The 2014 report by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) shows that 377 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in Ireland in 2014. This is an increase of 11% compared to 2013. 

This campaign has been developed by NGO’s and statutory bodies across Ireland and is supported by

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