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Town House to fly Red Ribbon flag on World AIDS Day

29/11/13

In a show of support of World AIDS Day a Red Ribbon flag will be flown from the Town House, Broad Street, on Sunday 01 December.

World AIDS Day is held on the first day of December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

About 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK while globally an estimated 34million people have HIV. Between 1981 and 2007 about 25million people died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Aberdeen City Councillor Ross Thomson, the council's LGBT champion, said: "By supporting World AIDS Day the City Council hopes to promote awareness and to highlight the importance of getting tested. With advances in medicine and technology getting tested has never been easier or quicker. Early diagnosis can make a world of difference and can lead to a long and happy life."

This annual global health day was first held in 1988.