November 20, 2009 by Jane Brake
There are over 80,000 people living with HIV in the UK, and numbers continue to rise each year. Over one quarter of these do not know that they are infected. People living with HIV still face discrimination, but treatment is improving and life expectancy is increasing . In 2007, the number of people living with HIV/AIDS was approximately 33 million, with 2.7 million people newly infected, and 2 million AIDS deaths
Manchester Metropolitan University is hosting an event to highlight World AIDS Day, December 1st, and to remind us of the huge numbers of individuals who are affected – many as yet undiagnosed. The communal embroidery, Respect and Protect, has been designed by Lynn Setterington (Senior Lecture embroidery and Public Engagement Fellow), using the iconic AIDS ribbon, and ‘kiss’ (cross-) stitches to reveal the underlying message ‘respect and protect’. Lynn will take the banner to different community groups, who will contribute to the artwork as it passes its message to the public.
The banner will be completed on World AIDS Day, during an event held at MMU. Members of the public are invited to visit and participate in the quilting session, held between 12 and 4pm in the entrance lobby of the John Dalton East building (opposite the BBC), Oxford Rd. Information on HIV/AIDS will also be available.