“Everyone has a HIV status. What’s yours?”

Friday, 30th November 2018

HSE and Sexual Health Centre in Cork to run campaign on World Aids Day (Saturday 1st December)

Park Run in Ballincollig, Cork on December 1st to raise public awareness of HIV stigma and HIV testing

The HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme and the Sexual Health Centre in Cork are running a campaign on World Aids Day, 1st December 2018, to increase public awareness of HIV testing and reduce HIV stigma. The tagline of the campaign is ‘Everyone has a HIV status. What’s Yours?’

The main campaign event is a Park Run in Ballincollig, Cork which aims to raise awareness about HIV stigma and testing. The campaign run will take place in collaboration with the Ballincollig Park Run at 9.30 a.m. on December 1st in the Regional Park in Ballincollig, Cork. The public are encouraged to attend the run and show their support. The campaign will also include social media messaging encouraging people to share the twitter handle @WADrunireland and hashtags #WAD2018 #checkyourstatus to post messages of support.

Speaking ahead of the campaign launch, Helen Deely, Programme Lead of the HSE’s SHCPP said:

“Ireland has made great progress where nearly nine out of ten people living with HIV know their status. There are a range of HIV testing options available including HIV testing in public STI clinics across the country, NGOs, student health services and a number of pubs and clubs in major cities. Some GPs also provide HIV testing and many pharmacies have HIV testing kits for purchase’’.

Dr Derval Igoe, Specialist in Public Health Medicine at the HSE’s HPSC said:

“Early diagnosis is key to successful treatment of HIV and prevention of onward transmission. Late diagnosis needs to be addressed, as we know from research in the UK that those presenting late have a ten times higher risk of death within one year of diagnosis than those diagnosed promptly[1]. Raising awareness of HIV testing and knowing your HIV status is therefore vitally important in preventing new infections and reducing the burden of HIV in Ireland.”

Dr. Martin Davoren, Executive Director of the Sexual Health Centre, Cork said:

“People living with HIV continue to experience isolation and stigma. Lack of public knowledge about HIV can reinforce stigma and have a negative impact on people living with HIV.   The World Aids Day run aims to address existing misconceptions and stigma to normalise the process of HIV testing”.

World Aids Day t-shirts and red ribbons will be available at the entrance of Ballincollig Park on 1st December. For more information on the Ballincollig Park Run please visit https://twitter.com/WADRunIreland and https://mobile.twitter.com/SHC_Cork

For more information on HIV please visit www.sexualwellbeing.ie/sexual-health/sexually-transmitted-infections/

For more information on public STI clinics, log onto www.sexualwellbeing.ie/sexual-health/hse-sti-services-in-ireland.html 

 

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Last updated on: 03 / 12 / 2018