World AIDS Day Run 2018

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

There are over 6,000 people living with HIV in Ireland. Every week, 10 Irish people get diagnosed, with almost half of these being under the age of 35. However, according to a recent study, misinformation within the Irish population in regards to HIV still exists.

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 run aims to address existing misconceptions and stigma and normalise the process of HIV testing.

The World AIDS Day Run 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 run is open to everyone and seeks the input of local communities, groups and individuals to attend, show their support by sharing a message via social media or by wearing a red ribbon on the days leading on to the event.

Distance

5 km.

Where and When

As all regular free parkrun events, the World AIDS Day Run 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 Run 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 

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.

Rapid HIV Testing Facilities in Ireland

The KnowNow service provides free rapid HIV testing across Ireland.

It is a collaborative project between four Sexual Health & HIV charities – HIV Ireland, GOSHH, Sexual Health Centre and AIDSwest.

As a community-based service, KnowNow also operates in collaboration with gay-identified and gay-friendly venues in Dublin, Limerick, Cork & Galway.

Find the testing facility closest to you and get tested today!

Cork

The Sexual Health Centre

Address: 16 Peters Street, tel: 021 427 6676

Rapid HIV testing in a community setting takes place regularly at Cork Gay Project and Chambers.

See the KnowNow calendar for the upcoming dates: http://www.knownow.ie/#sessions

Limerick

GOSHH

Address: Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, tel: 061 314354

Galway

AIDSwest

Address: Ozanam House, St. Augustine Street, tel: 091 566 266

Dublin

HIV Ireland

Address: 70 Eccles St Phibsborough, tel: 01 873 3799

Community setting testing in Dublin:

Pantibar – every Saturday and Sunday, 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

The George – every Tuesday, 8 – 10pm.

Outhouse – every Wednesday, 6 – 8pm.

The Boilerhouse Sauna – every Sunday, 4 – 6pm.

It is estimated that about 15% of those living with HIV in Ireland don’t yet know they have HIV, because they have either never had a HIV test, or they got HIV since their last test.

HIV doesn’t discriminate. It can affect anyone. Find the testing facility closest to you and get tested regularly.

Everybody has a HIV status. What’s yours?