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World AIDS Day 2021

Wednesday 1st December marks World AIDs Day, an opportunity for people around the globe to unite in the fight against HIV, to remember those we have lost, to fight HIV stigma and to campaign for access to fair healthcare for all.

This year marks 40 years since the first reported cases of HIV-related illnesses and deaths. Thankfully, we've come a long way since the times when being diagnosed with HIV was a death sentence. Now, 98% of people living with HIV in the UK are on effective treatment and 97% can’t pass the virus on.

Undetectable = Untransmittable.

Wear the red ribbon proudly this World AIDS Day and join us in the fight to end HIV stigma for good.

Check out our list of World AIDS day events, and services, organisations and resources offering support to those living with HIV.


To Whom It May Concern - Day With(out) Art
Saturday 4th December 2021, 3pm - 9:30pm

Day With(out) Art is an annual project started by Visual AIDS New York, which harnesses the power of art to turn attention towards HIV and AIDS. Superbia, Manchester Pride's year-round calendar of LGBTQ+ arts & culture, is proud to once again be bringing the celebrations to Manchester for World AIDS Day 2021.

In 2019, local artist Jordan Roberts launched his new project 'To Whom It May Concern', a project portraying the lives of people in Greater Manchester living with HIV through portraits, writing and an evening of live performances.

After a stunning event in 2019, To Whom It May Concern will return as part of Superbia's annual Day With(out) Art programme.

Enjoy a special To Whom it May Concern letter exhibition and film screening, introduced by iconic Manchester drag artist, Misty Chance. There will also be all day screenings of ‘ENDURING CARE’, a series of vital HIV short films from Visual AIDS, New York.

Expect book readings, a poetry reading from Gerry Potter, a panel discussion on HIV activism and a moving performance from talented pianist and singer, Adam O'Shea. You can also enjoy a sound bath from New Earth Holistic Sounds, and performances by two iconic Vogue houses! The event will close with a thank you from the artist, Jordan Roberts.

Pay what you Feel tickets are now available!



First Time

Tuesday 30th November - Saturday 4th December
Contact Theatre

Catch the hit show about HIV in Manchester whilst you can!

Join award-winning theatre maker Nathaniel Hall (It's A Sin) as he blows the lid on HIV stigma in this hilarious and heartbreaking solo show.

Recommended for ages 14+

Special dates at Contact:

1 Dec - 7:30pm - World AIDS Day Performance (inc. screening of HIV+Me + panel discussion)
3 Dec - 7:30pm - BSL Signed Performance (Karl Lorca)
4 Dec - 2pm - Socially Distanced Matinee
4 Dec - 10pm til late - ACTUP+GetDown Play + Party with DJ Mix-Stress (£5)



First Time After-Party

Saturday 4th December, 10pm - late
Contact Theatre

Join Dibby Theatre, George House Trust, Mix-Stress and Supernature Disco as they celebrate 36 years of HIV activism in Manchester at the official First Time after party!



PaSH Partnership World AIDS Day Vigil
Wednesday 1st December, 6pm

Sackville Gardens

The PaSH Partnership World AIDS Day Vigil will take place on Wednesday December 1st 2021 at 6pm in Sackville Gardens, Manchester.

Around 105,200 people in the UK are currently living with HIV - around 6000 of whom live in Greater Manchester.*

Join us as we come together to remember people we have lost to HIV, show our solidarity with people living with HIV around the world and commit ourselves to ending HIV stigma and discrimination.

*George House Trust



World AIDS Day at Eagle
Wednesday 1st December, 6:30pm - late 
Eagle Bar

Join the celebrations after the World AIDS Day Vigil in Sackville Gardens, with performances from…

Denise Pearson - Mary Golds - Vivienne Lyndsey - Dolly Diamond - Belinda Scandal - Marie La Rae - Missie Jay - Jacquii Caan - Rob King - Kelly Wilde - Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus - KY Kelly



Playing With Fire - The Men's Room
Wednesday 1st December
Contact Theatre

The Men’s Room invites you to: Playing with Fire Symposium - expect nibbles, drink & convivial discussion around a metaphorical campfire.

The Men’s Room will be showcasing their new artistic vision and strategy on Weds 1st December at Contact Theatre.

Join them in person to celebrate the end of their creative research project ‘Spark’ and to find out about their ‘Playing with Fire’ artistic vision for the future.

The symposium is timed to link into Nathaniel Hall and Dibby Theatre’s World AIDS Day showing of ‘First Time’ at Contact theatre.




George House Trust
Since 1985, George House Trust has been inspiring people living with HIV to live healthy, confident lives by providing HIV support, advice and advocacy services. George House Trust offer a wide range of help and support services including 1 to 1 advice, Counselling, a Telephone Buddy Service and more.

Terrence Higgins Trust
Terrence Higgins Trust are a UK HIV and sexual health charity aiming to support people living with HIV and amplify their voices, and help the people using their services to achieve good sexual health. The charity offer a number or services around the country.

NHS HIV treatment services
Use the NHS HIV treatment service locator to find HIV treatment services in your area.

LGBT Foundation
LGBT Foundation provides a range of sexual health services focused on sex positivity and sexual wellbeing. Check out LGBT Foundation’s HIV resources and services for information on living with HIV and HIV risk, Transmission and Prevention, and find out about the Condom and Lube distribution scheme here. 

Northern Sexual Health
The Northern Contraception, Sexual Health and HIV Service provides free, confidential and friendly services across North, Central and South Manchester, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford.

Brook Manchester
Brook offer free and confidential sexual health and advice to young people, and offer appointments for STI testing.



National AIDS Trust - World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. National AIDS Trust is committed to stopping new cases of HIV, securing the rights of people living with HIV, and fighting HIV stigma and discrimination. Explore this year’s World AIDS Day campaign and read more at

Starts With Me
We now have the tools to stop HIV, but it takes each of us to make it happen. Developed by the Terrence Higgins Trust for HIV Prevention England, the Starts With Me campaign aims to increase HIV awareness and testing, and offers resources and advice on how you can protect yourself and others from HIV.

NAM Aidsmap
NAM Aidsmap is a useful tool to help you find HIV services in the UK, including clinics for HIV treatment, STIs and PrEP; support groups and services; charities and community organisations.


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