Supporting World AIDS Day and beating the Stigma

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World AIDS Day Ribbon (photo: Jordan Hogan)
World AIDS Day Ribbon

As well as combating the life-threatening virus, charities and organisations are trying to combat the stigma that sometimes comes with HIV and AIDS.

 

GMFA and FS magazine conducted a photo shoot with hopes to beat this stigma and educate people who aren’t as well informed on the subject.

 

One of the men who took part in the shoot was Gary, who's HIV positive and has been for over 20 years.

 

He said: “ When I was first diagnosed with HIV I was with somebody and when I told them they broke up with me, because they couldn’t deal with it”.

 

Terrance Higgins Trust are one of the main charities that offer advice for people who’ve suffered break ups due to their HIV status.

 

The number of people living with HIV in the UK has doubled in the last decade and around 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK, according to the National AIDS Trust.

 

If anyone who needs support and advice about living with HIV/AIDS then visit www.gmfa.org.uk/living-with-hiv.

 

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