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Health and Wellbeing Programme marks World Aids Day

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Health and Wellbeing Programme marks World Aids Day

3rd December 2013

World Aids Day takes place on 1st December each year and aims to raise awareness of HIV. This disease is one of the most destructive pandemics in history, being the cause of more than 25 million deaths between 1981 and 2007.

Today, although scientific advances have helped us to understand the condition and made it more manageable, there are still a lot of myths surrounding it, so World Aids Day aims increase awareness of the facts surrounding HIV and AIDS, and also remember both those living with the disease and those who have died.

At Anchor House, the last of this year's Health and Wellbeing sessions was held this week with a special theme of awareness around HIV to mark World Aids Day. The session aimed to give information, advice and guidance about HIV and other blood borne viruses and was well attended.

Around 35 people turned up for the open Q&A session and residents were very engaged with the subject. Many thanks go to Eve O'Keefe for arranging the session and nurses Moya Forsythe and Rahema Begum from the Vicarage Lane Transitional Team, and Gabriel Bassoli, a specialist in HIV from the NHS Foundation Trust, who were there to answer all questions.

Next year's Health and Wellbeing programme is to be proposed shortly, and will involve six themed evenings and a selection of guest speakers on particular topics.

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