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How Much Do You Think You Know About AIDS

Wednesday 24th November 2010

Bedford Borough Council is helping to raise Awareness for HIV and AIDS in light of World AIDS Day on Wednesday 1st December. To highlight that HIV is still very much an issue for people in the UK the theme for this year is ‘Act Aware’.

 

‘Act Aware’ encourages people to commit to actions that will help improve understanding about HIV, prevent HIV transmissions and stop prejudice by promoting greater understanding and awareness of the virus.

 

Bedford Borough Council have pledged to ‘Act Aware’ this year, promoting the facts about HIV and making a commitment to promote awareness and understanding. As part of this, the council have planned the following events;

 

Wednesday 1st December – Adult Services Staff have commissioned voluntary organisation CAFPH (Centre for all Families Positive Health) to deliver HIV/AIDS training sessions to students studying to be social workers at the University of Bedfordshire.

 

Thursday 2nd December – Adult Services Staff will host information and advice stands at the University of Bedfordshire student union, working with other partners from the Sexual Health Network (CAFPH, Brook Bedfordshire, Teenage Pregnancy, Chlamydia Screening and the Terrence Higgins Trust) to help promote better sexual health.

 

There will also be a special informative display at the Town Hall and Borough Hall, running from the 29th November until the 10th December.

 

Cllr Nicky Attenborough, portfolio holder for Adults Services, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Understanding AIDS makes it less frightening. It can be prevented. These events are so important in helping to support a healthy society.”

 

While the council is doing their bit to raise awareness in the wider Borough, why not play your part and test your knowledge about the virus by doing an online quiz? To access the quiz go to http://www.avert.org/

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