World AIDS Day parkrun 2018

“Everyone has a HIV status. What’s yours?”

There are over 8,000 people living with HIV in Ireland. However, according to a recent study, there is still a dramatic amount of misinformation within the Irish population in regards to HIV, its transmission and implications.

Many people still believe that HIV can be transmitted through coughing and sneezing, as well as kissing.

This lack of knowledge reinforces existing stigma and has a strong negative impact on people living with HIV and their families.

The World AIDS Day parkrun aims to challenge the stigma, discrimination and misinformation surrounding the topic of HIV, highlight existing support and testing services and promote positive physical and mental health. In collaboration with HSEsexualwellbeing.ie, Healthy Ireland and parkrun, we encourage people to run in solidarity. The parkrun aims to bring public awareness to the topic and the realities of living with HIV.

Distance

5 km.

Where and When

As all regular free parkrun events, the World AIDS Day parkrun will take place in the Regional Park, Ballincollig, Cork.

The Run starts at 9.30 a.m. on December 1st 2018.

How You Can Participate

Join the Run

The parkrun is free and open to everyone!

If it is your first parkrun, please register here: https://www.parkrun.ie/register/

Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode. If you forget it, you won’t get your time.

All participants will receive dedicated merchandise and a special goodie bag.

Come to Support Us

Come to the Regional Park on December 1st and support the runners, learn more about the realities of living with HIV and show your solidarity by wearing a red ribbon on the day!

Your support and presence are what will make this event extra special and help us reach our goals.

Spread the Word

We want to reach as many people as possible and we need your help to do that. By simply sharing our message and event details on social media you will help us raise awareness of HIV and fight existing stigma!

Share on Twitter: #WADRunIreland @WadRunIreland

#checkyourstatus #updateyourstatus

Facebook Event

If you are a media representative and would like to share the story and/or cover the event, please contact Nadia Reckmann on nadiareckmann@sexualhealthcentre.com.

Together, we can bring the change in the perception of HIV and people affected by it, remove the stigma, and deliver the message of the importance of testing and knowing your HIV status.

For media & PR inquiries, please contact Nadia Reckmann.

For general inquiries, please contact Lorraine Sisk.