Durham shines a light on World Aids Day

Durham County Council is flying the flag in support of World Aids Day.

On Saturday 1 December, World Aids Day (WAD) invites people from around the world to show support for people living with HIV and remember those who have died from Aids-related illnesses.

Durham County Council has joined in the campaign, flying a World Aids Day flag above County Hall until Monday 3 December.

County Durham’s integrated Sexual Health Service, delivered by County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust, presented information about WAD and broader sexual health services at County Hall during the flag raising on Friday.

Visitors to Durham city centre will also be able to see the Town Hall lit up red on Saturday, a colour chosen to represent the red ribbon which is the universal symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV.

Cllr Lucy Hovvels, Cabinet member for adult and health services, said: “We are proud to support World Aids Day, a day that unites people in overcoming fear or stigma and shows solidarity in dealing with the virus.

“We also hope to promote early diagnoses, which can lead to normal life expectancy and reduce the risk of transmission, by encouraging people to make use of free, confidential HIV tests available from GP surgeries and sexual health services.”