World Aids Day Update
December the 1st is World AIDS Day, the international day of remembrance for people who been lost to the virus and celebration for the lives of those living with the virus. This year, as in every year, the Birmingham HIV and sexual health sector marked the day with a series of events aimed at raising awareness of HIV and remembering and celebrating the lives of those living with HIV. During the day, flash mobs took place at key areas of the city such as New Street Station and Brindleyplace and in the evening, an event was held at the Midlands Art Centre in Cannon Hill Park. The event was started by a candle light procession through the park to the band stand where words were spoken by Canon Janet Chapman and the lives of those with HIV lost this year were remembered. The event finished with performances from poets, musicians and a fashion show by the students of South Birmingham College School of Fashion with the theme of Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who made a significant impact on reducing HIV stigma and discrimination , and who died in March this year.