Nationally there are more than 101,000 people living with HIV, and globally there are 69.7 million people who have the virus. In Bolton there are over 300 people currently living with HIV, they are treated and supported by SHINE, Bolton’s integrated sexual health service run by Bolton Foundation Trust. Bolton also commissions the PaSH partnership made up of 3 agencies offering tailored support for those living with and at risk of HIV.
The Greater Manchester region has recently committed to becoming a Fast-Track City region, this is a promise to ensure that 90% of people living with HIV know their status, improve access to ART for this 90% and to increase to 90% the proportion of people living with HIV on ART with undetectable viral load. On 30th November the leaders of the 10 Greater Manchester Authorities, along with the City Region Mayor Andy Burnham, will meet to firm their commitment to this. More details on this can be found here.
The PrEP Impact trial is well underway, with 13,000 people nationally in high risk groups being offered the pre-exposure Prophylaxis drug, which can reduce the risk of acquiring HIV when taken as instructed. Full details of the trial can be found here.
Local support is available through Bolton LGBT and through other services listed here. The Bolton Pride site also offers valuable information and an opportunity to become involved in local events.
In Bolton cards will be given out in the town centre to mark the day, detailing support available and encouraging people to mark the day. So, wear your red ribbon with pride on this important day!