Shedding light on HIV

Pictured in Sheffield Winter Gardens at a services for World Aids day ,'People light Candles  at the services for family and Friends lost to Aids.
Pictured in Sheffield Winter Gardens at a services for World Aids day ,'People light Candles at the services for family and Friends lost to Aids.
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HEALTH workers, politicians, campaigners and members of the public gathered in Sheffield’s Winter Garden to remember the millions of people worldwide who have died from HIV and Aids.

The candlelit vigil to mark World Aids Day was held as new figures show HIV is a growing problem in Sheffield, with an estimated 1,000 people in the city living with the disease, 200 of them undiagnosed.

Health bosses say many people miss out on diagnosis because of the stigma still associated with HIV.

Alicia Marcroft, sexual health lead at NHS Sheffield, said: “HIV is an infection which can nowadays be treated. Those diagnosed promptly can expect a life expectancy similar to those without the infection.”