Mersey Care to use virtual technology to help raise awareness on World Aids Day

Sexual Health services in Liverpool are using virtual technology to provide training and awareness sessions across the city to mark World AIDS Day (WAD) next week.

Run by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, the sexual health team and Armistead will be holding online training sessions with schools, the public and professional bodies in order to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care around the world on 1 December (WAD).

Mersey Care will also be sharing a series of messages across social media and will support next year’s virtual pride due to restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“The world has changed so much over the past year, but HIV/AIDS hasn’t,” explained Jo Lightwood, from the sexual health outreach team. “We need to work differently, in a more flexible way in order to raise awareness and reach those who need help and support during the Coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ll be providing training for schools, the public and professional bodies online instead of face to face. We’re just doing our best to raise awareness and give any advice or help which is required in these challenging circumstances­.”

Mersey Care is also supporting a city-wide event, run by Liverpool City Council, to light the city red to commemorate those who have sadly lost their lives on World AIDS Day. It aims to show support, challenge and remove the stigma that still surrounds HIV. There will also be a live, online virtual World AIDS Day vigil at 2.00pm; hosted by partners at Sahir House.

Approximately 38 million people living with HIV[1] and around 690,000 died from the disease in 2019[2]. making it one of the most destructive pandemics in recent history. Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust are raising awareness in a very different way in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and other restrictions in place.

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