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World Aids Day 2015 – Leave your fears behind

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On 1 December we continue the work toward zero discrimination against people living with HIV.

​To raise the awareness of World Aids Day, MidCentral Public Health and Sexual Health Services are inviting you to the following Red Ribbon events.

What should you know about HIV? Take the opportunity to ask questions about HIV/Aids – work-related or otherwise. A display will be set up inside the main entrance at Palmerston North Hospital from 8.30am to 12.30pm on Tuesday 1 December. Come and answer a short quiz about HIV and be in the draw to win movie tickets.

Personal experiences of living with HIV. You are invited to come and listen to Jan speaking about her personal experiences of living with HIV. There will be two opportunities to list to Jan – between 3pm to 4pm on Monday 30 November in room 1125 at UCOL, and between 4pm to 5pm on Tuesday 1 December at Massey University Student Union (MUSA) lounge, Massey University.

It's time to leave our fears behind. Despite Kiwis knowing key facts about HIV transmission, people still discriminate. A recent survey by New Zealand Aids Foundation and Positive Women shows that 42 percent would feel uncomfortable flatting with someone living with HIV, and 52 percent were uncomfortable about a child playing with another with HIV.  Let’s leave our misconceptions and fears behind and end HIV-related discrimination.

The risk is not knowing. Almost all HIV transmission in New Zealand occurs through unprotected sexual contact. There are Kiwis livings with HIV unaware of their HIV infection. By knowing your status you can reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others.

To book a free and confidential HIV test, contact Sexual Health Service on 0800 808 602.

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