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Monday 22 December 2014
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HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It attacks the body's immune system and can be passed on through infected bodily fluids, most commonly via sex without a condom.

There are now around 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK and a quarter of them - 25,000 - don't even know they have the virus.

Over 90% of people with HIV have become infected through sexual contact.

Since there is no vaccine and no cure, it makes sense to get tested....all you need to do is give a saliva sample and the results will come through in 15 - 20 minutes


The Health and Europe Centre has been leading a project looking at reasons for late diagnosis of HIV among all age groups here and in France - go to our projects page to learn more or visit the project website: http://www.impresshealth2.eu


   Events in Kent:

There are a number of events taking place in Kent to mark World AIDS day, including:

Cinema screening of the recently released film 'Pride' to raise money  for a local HIV charity.

Place:  Curson Cinema, Westgate  Hall Rd, Canterbury

Time: 21.15 - 23.00


WAD Service of Remembrance for those who have lost their lives to HIV. Service includes local African and Gay choirs.

Place: Canterbury Cathedral

Mulled wine reception from 18.30, service starts at 20.00


A candlelit vigil from the Gate GUM clinic at Kent and Canterbury Hospital to the Cathedral.

Meet for lantern collection and refreshments at the Gate clinic from 16.30