World AIDS day is a day for us all to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness.
There are currently more than 90,000 people living with HIV in the UK. The scary part of that statistic is that around a quarter are not aware they have the virus.
Along with the safe sex message that everyone should be aware of, the main message I want to spread today is the importance of getting tested. The quarter of people who are unaware of their HIV+ status could be passing it on to their partner. Tests are now available through a saliva sample with results in around 15-20 minutes. Even the blood tests can be simple. There is no reason to not be tested.
If you are in London today you can take part in a record attempt. G-A-Y bar in Old Compton Street will be offering free HIV testing between 2pm and 10pm. The bar will also be donating £10 to the Elton John AIDS Foundation for each test taken.
There will be events and vigils taking place worldwide. Please check here for details.
Please stay safe, please get tested and an AIDS free future is possible.