Marking World Aids Day at the airport

DIH Association and Ljubljana Airport are once again joining forces to mark World Aids Day on 1 December. We have been joined in the passenger terminal by volunteers from DIH, who are distributing red ribbons, the symbol of the fight against Aids, to passengers and visitors, along with information leaflets, condoms and lubricants. They are also providing information on safe sex and disease prevention. Aerodrom Ljubljana staff are also wearing red ribbons as a sign of support and awareness.

The National Institute of Public Health estimates that fewer than one person per 1,000 is living with HIV in Slovenia, with one third unaware that they are infected. According to UNAIDS and the World Health Organisation, these figures mean that Slovenia remains a country with a low incidence of the disease; however, the possibility of HIV infection should never be underestimated. This year, the number of new cases of HIV had already risen to 56 by 22 November – the highest annual rate to date.

It is estimated that 34 million people are living with HIV around the world. Despite the fact that the virus was only discovered in 1984, HIV and Aids have already claimed the lives of more than 35 million people. Indeed, HIV is one of the most devastating pandemics we know.

DIH Association – Equal under the rainbow is a voluntary, independent, non-profit association operating in a number of areas. These include promoting the social integration and acceptance of homosexuality, promoting and protecting human rights, and conducting preventive activities in the fields of health, social care and other areas relating to LGBT rights. More at: www.dih.si.

Zg. Brnik, December 1, 2016