AIDS Concern World AIDS Day 2013 Mall Event
Spreading the “I'M Positive” message in Hong Kong
(Photo by Michael Law)
On 1 Dec 2013, AIDS Concern organized a public event commemorating the World AIDS Day 2013 at Windsor House, Causeway Bay. The event is co-organized with Metro Radio and title-sponsored by Durex. It is joined by Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet Ngor, Chief Secretary for Administration; Dr. York Chow Yat Ngok, Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission; Mr. Shiu Ka Chun, Lecturer & Associate of Arts in Applied Social Service of Hong Kong Baptist University; Artists including Ms. Siu Yam Yam, Ms. Corinna Chamberlain and Ms. Kellyjackie. To echo with the theme of “I’M Positive”, all of the guests were invited to put up one of the letters of the “I’M Positive” statement on a giant Red Ribbon, symbolizing their supports and commitments to the campaign.
Mr. Andrew Chidgey, Chief Executive of AIDS Concern, said that thousands of People are living with HIV (PLHIV) in Hong Kong but most of them hide their identity of HIV Positive because of stigma and discrimination. He therefore encouraged the public to be more positive about PLHIV and vulnerable communities.
Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet Ngor shared a similar view with Mr. Andrew Chidgey. She also acknowledged the hard work of AIDS Concern in public education on HIV/AIDS and support services for the needed communities.
Likewise, Dr. York Chow Yat Ngok pointed out that HIV/AIDS is preventable and controllable. He emphasized that the public need to learn more about how to protect themselves and to care for PLHIV. Most importantly, public have to respect their rights to lead a normal life without prejudice or discrimination.
A Condom Donation Ceremony was held on the event. Durex representative, Mr. Vincent Wong, Marketing Director (Hong Kong & Taiwan) of Reckitt Benckiser, donated 5,000 condoms to recognize and support the prevention work of AIDS Concern.
Apart from having guests to share their views on HIV/AIDS, Ms. Corinna Chamberlain and Ms. Kellyjackie sang on the event to promote the “I’M Positive” too. The interactive exhibition panels introduced HIV/AIDS knowledge and “I’M Positive” photo-taking activities successfully attracted hundreds of citizens.
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“I’M Positive about HIV Testing” 09.12.2013-15.12.2013
So now, what about after World AIDS Day?
As we did last year, AIDS Concern will open its free HIV antibody rapid tests to the public during the week of 9-15 December 2013 to encourage everyone to get tested.
The testing service is a significant part of our prevention work. We strongly believe that by encouraging early testing and providing a one-stop service for testing we will definitely have a positive impact on HIV prevention and treatment.
Our testing service is free of charge, anonymous and confidential, and includes pre- and post-test counseling as well as a referral service. Mark our testing week on your calendar now!
Details of Testing Week:
Date: 09.12.2013 – 15.12.2013 (Monday - Sunday)
Mon-Fri: 9:30am - 12:30pm; 2:00 – 6:00pm; 7:00 - 10:00pm
Sat-Sun: 9:30am - 12:30pm; 2:00 – 6:00pm
Venue: Unit 1-3, 6/F, King Centre, 23-29 Dundas Street, Mong Kok
Limited quotas per session. First come, first served. For enquiries, please call 2394 6677.