White balloons were released into the skies over Sheffield as part of a week of events raising awareness of the importance of HIV testing.
The balloons were freed in Barker’s Pool to symbolise lives lost as a result of late or undiagnosed HIV infection, while health workers offered free home sampling kits.
Steve Slack, from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ Centre for HIV and Sexual Health, said: “It is important to know your HIV status to protect yourself and your partner and look after your health.
“Peace of mind is also a major benefit.”
A special drop-in clinic is happening at the Department of Infection and Tropical Medicine in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, from 9am to midday today.
Events will finish with a World Aids Day vigil in the Winter Gardens on Sunday.
Visit www.hivpreventionengland.org.uk for more information.