World AIDS Day 1 December 2015


World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December every year. To acknowledge World AIDS Day 2015 the Sexual Health Training Team Training team are encouraging staff to wear a Red Ribbon, take a selfie and send it to to demonstrate support for people living with HIV.

HIV in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland during 2014, 94 new first-UK cases of HIV were diagnosed:

  • 46 (49%) new HIV diagnoses occurred through MSM transmission
  •  39 (41%) new HIV diagnoses occurred through heterosexual transmission
  •  43 (51%) new HIV diagnoses were made at a late stage (CD4 count

Over 1000 people in Northern Ireland are living with HIV and 1 in 4 people who are HIV + don’t know it.
6,151 new HIV diagnoses were made in the UK during 2014, an increase of 2% from 6,032 new diagnoses the previous year.

Please see the World Aids Day 2015 press release from Public Health Agency NI.

Although prevalence in Northern Ireland remains lower than in the other UK countries, the percentage increase in annual new diagnoses in Northern Ireland between 2000 and 2014 is highest of the UK countries.

Update your knowledge and skills

Become an HIV Awareness Trainer and Make a Difference

You can update your knowledge and skills by attending events and training such as the HIV Awareness training sessions that take place throughout the year or get in touch with the Sexual Health Training Team to organise a bespoke session for your team. Please go to HRPTS to book Mandatory HIV Awareness Training.

 Together we can eradicate HIV related stigma.

 For further information or to organise staff training please contact:

 Joe Harris, Sexual Health Co-ordinator & Noeleen Fitzgerald, Training & Support Officer

The Sexual Health Training Team

Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Tel: (028) 9090 0051