National Carillion and Kings Avenue Overpass to be lit up in red as Canberra marks World AIDS Day with community picnic
The people of Canberra and region have been invited to a community picnic on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin on Thursday 1 December to mark World AIDS Day, show support for those in our community living with HIV and promote HIV prevention and education.
AIDS Action Council Executive Director Philippa Moss said the 2016 World AIDS Day celebrations in Canberra will culminate with the National Carillion and the Kings Avenue Overpass lighting up in red to remind us all that HIV and AIDS is still relevant today.
“This year will mark the 28th year of our local celebrations of World AIDS Day since its inception in 1988 with the theme of ‘HIV is still here, and it’s on the move’,” Ms Moss said.
“World AIDS Day is more relevant than ever before in the ever-changing landscape of HIV prevention and health promotion.
“It is notable that no Australian jurisdiction has recorded a declining trend in The Kirby Institute’s Annual Surveillance report released this year, which also shows that new HIV diagnoses have remained stable over the past four years.
“It’s alarming that HIV notifications among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are double the rate of non-indigenous people, emphasising the need for better targeted health promotion strategies and more testing and treatment to close the gap.
“Australia is well on its way to achieving the UNAIDS global target of 90 per cent of people with HIV diagnosed, on treatment and virally suppressed, but there is more work to be done. It’s time for increased vigilance and working together to advocate for increased access new treatments and prevention measures such as PrEP.
"We welcome all Canberrans and those from across the region to our community picnic, which will be held on Aspen Island, Thursday December 1, from 6pm,” Ms Moss said.
The ACT AIDS Action Council is a not-for-profit community organisation that works to build strong, connected and supportive communities that are free of new HIV transmissions, marginalisation, discrimination and stigma. To learn more visit www.aidsaction.org.au or www.facebook.com/AIDSactionACT or call us on 6257 2855.