Candlelit vigil at Sheffield’s Winter Garden for World AIDS Day [VIDEO]

A candlelit vigil will be held at the Sheffield Winter Garden this evening for World AIDS Day to remember those lost to HIV and AIDS.

The vigil, which has been organised by the Sheena Amos Youth Trust (SAYiT), will be held from 5pm-7pm at the Winter Garden, on Surrey Street.

SAYiT is a Sheffield-based sexual health charity which supports young LGBT people and those affected by HIV.

Steve Slack, CEO of SAYiT, said that the event aims to do three things. It aims to commemorate the lives lost to HIV and that continue to be lost locally and globally. It is also a way of remonstrating against the stigma of living with HIV and is a celebration of the advancements made in medical care.

Speakers from different services in the city will be speaking at the event and there will be an opportunity for people to light a candle in remembrance of those lost.

Mr Slack said that a lot of people seem to have forgotten about World AIDS Day, despite infection rates in the UK being higher than ever.

“I feel quite strongly that there’s been a lack of emphasis on sex education and public health. Funding has decreased from central government which means we do less prevention, less promotion and less targeted work at young people,” Mr Slack said.

“This is an opportunity for us to raise awareness that this is still happening and to get the debate going again,” he added.

The fountains at Barker’s Pool in the city centre were turned red today to show support for the global campaign.

The first World AIDS Day was in 1988, during the height of the AIDS crisis, and has been held annually on the 1st of December every year since.

People throughout the city and across the world are wearing a red ribbon to show their support for World AIDs Day and the issues surrounding HIV.