Buckinghamshire Sexual Health and Wellbeing Service (bSHaW), have worked in partnership with students from Berkshire College of Agriculture, to produce a video to raise awareness of HIV and to mark World AIDS Day on December 1.

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show support for people living with HIV and to stamp out the stigma that can stop people coming forward for testing.

Testing is essential, because once someone with HIV receives treatment, they can lead a normal and healthy life without transmitting the virus.

In Buckinghamshire over 400 people aged 15-59 years old live with HIV on a daily basis.

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Nearly half (48%) of people newly diagnosed with HIV in 2016-18 were diagnosed late, compared to 43% nationally.

Students from BCA in Maidenhead made the video in conjunction with bSHaW (a joint partnership between Terrence Higgins Trust and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust), with the support of Buckinghamshire County Council, who commission the sexual health services in Bucks.

The video will be broadcast across screens at Buckinghamshire College Group, Buckingham University and Bucks New University to raise awareness about HIV among students and staff.

Nigel French, Senior HIV & Sexual Health Practitioner at Terrence Higgins Trust said: "On December 1, Buckinghamshire will stand with people all over the world by remembering those who have lost their lives to the epidemic. We are encouraging people to wear a red ribbon.

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"Working alongside the students at the Berkshire College of Agriculture has been a real joy, their passion for keeping the message of remembrance alive on World AIDS Day is so important.

“This video will help show that the fight to end the epidemic is not yet over.

"There has been huge scientific progress in HIV with people on effective treatment now able to live a normal and healthy life and cannot pass the virus on.

“However, stigma and misinformation continue to hold us back from ending transmissions.

“That’s why it’s vital people know the realities of HIV."

Watch the video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIKOX4GBBcg.