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HIV is Still Here, World AIDS Day 2012

World AIDS Day Dec 1st

World AIDS Day Dec 1st

December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day recognised by millions in more than 190 countries around the world. Its a day devoted to raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and strengthening support for HIV positive people and those who are affected by AIDS.

This year will be a celebration of love and life, commemorating those who have gone because of AIDS and remembering their love and life with partners, family, significant others and all those who have affectionate memories.

The Day also re-focuses our attention on the rising diagnosis rate of HIV/AIDS, not only around the world but in Queensland, in 2011 over 195 Queenslanders were diagnosed with HIV. This is down from 2010 (205 infections) but is still the second highest recorded figure.

Queensland Positive People Executive Officer, Simon O’Connor, said the theme for 2012 is HIV Is Still Here and reflects the need for everyone to talk with family and friends about HIV.  

It is still important to talk about not contracting and not transmitting HIV, Mr OConnor said.

It is still important to talk about HIV testing and its still important for everyone to know their HIV status so that HIV has nowhere to hide. It is still important to talk about all these things because, through our conversations, we maintain our determination to fight HIV and reject stigma and discrimination. HIV is still here. The choice is yours.  

Dr Darren Russell, head of Queensland HIV Ministerial Advisory Committee and front line HIV worker based in Cairns, advised QNews that they are promoting the same primary message

HIV is still with us and we all need to work to reduce the stigma that surrounds this infection. He said.

A World AIDS Day celebration will be staged in Brisbane this year at Trinity Church, just opposite the Valley Pool in Fortitude Valley.

The Trinity celebration will opens with drinks and conviviality under the trees from 5.00pm and the commemoration is on from 6.00pm

There are a number of other events held throughout Queensland on and leading up to World AIDS day for more details and events details visit



World AIDS Day BBQ
When Friday 30 November
Time 10am to 3pm
Where Jeay’s Street Park Bowen Hills
Includes an Art competition in the theme of “Getting to Zero” ie Zero new HIV infections; Zero discrimination, Zero AIDS related deaths.

World AIDS Day Multi Faith Service

A celebration about love and life.
When Saturday 1 December
Time from 5.00pm
Where Trinity Church Street Fortitude Valley
For more information please contact Leigh on 3891 1388 mobile: 0422093200

World AIDS Day Red Dance Party
When Saturday 1 December

Time from 5.00pm
Where Spring Hill Hotel


World AIDS Day Forum
Bring your friends, families and anyone you know
When Saturday 1 December
Time 12noon to 3:30pm
Where Logan Central Library 2nd Floor Meeting Rooms 3 & 4 26 Wilbur Street Logan Central\
For more information please contact Zhihong on 3844 9166 or via email health@

Sunshine Coast
World AIDS Day BBQ
When Wednesday 28 November
Time 12noon to 2pm
Where Pierce Park
Circus and juggling performances.

World AIDS Day Tree Planting
When Saturday 1 December
Where Rowes Bay

For more information please contact Angela Cooper or Natasha Miller on 4778 9600.


World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil
When Thursday 1 December
Time from 6.00pm
Where The Esplanade Lagoon

Followed by:
A Planet Positive Evening
All friends and supporters welcome.
Time from 7.00pm
Where Buddha Bar Balcony (above MACCA’s on the nard)


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