Manchester Is Currently Marking World Aids Day With A Number Of Fun Events
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Manchester is to mark World AIDS Day (WAD) with a number of events being held across the city.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Carl Austin-Behan, will lead a candlelit procession before a vigil in Sackville Gardens. The vigil will take place at 7pm and feature people speaking about their own experiences of living with HIV and live musical performances from Manchester Glee, musician and activist Claire Mooney and drag star Divina De Campo.
Right now, Manchester Piccadilly Train Station are hosting the World AIDS Day stall from 10am - 4pm. Visitors to the stall are encouraged to post pictures and messages on social media showing their support for those affected by the virus.
Volunteers will be in the city collecting donations and all contributions will be appreciated for what is a great cause.
Speaking of the day of events, Councillor Austin-Behan said:
“The events and activities taking place across the city not only commemorate those who have lost their lives to the virus but help towards the eradication of the stigma and discrimination all too often faced by all those living with HIV.
“The importance of getting tested cannot be overestimated. Early diagnosis is critical – so please, if you have had unprotected sex get tested. It’s easy, painless and early testing really does save lives.”
Red ribbons - the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV – will be on sale at Manchester’s WAD events and a number of Manchester City Council premises.