A ceremony to mark World AIDS Day will be held in the Courtyard of the Guildhall in Northampton this Saturday (1 December).
World AIDS Day has been observed on 1 December every year since 1988 for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died.
More than 90,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 33.3 million people have HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
The Guildhall ceremony has been organised by Northampton Borough Council to raise awareness of World AIDS Day and encourage people to understand more about HIV and its effect on people's lives. The Mayor of Northampton councillor Roger Conroy will lead the ceremony which will begin at 11.30am and be followed by a minute silence and the lighting of candles. The Mayor will be joined by representatives from the town’s community forums and members of the public are invited to come along.