Today, Monday 1 December, is World AIDS Day. The day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. Merseyside has supported World AIDS Day every year since it started in 1988 with events to show solidarity with people here and all over the world.
The universal symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV is the Red Ribbon. It was designed in 1991 by Visual AIDS, a New York based group of artist HIV activists. It was the first time a ribbon was used to raise public awareness.
You may have noticed the giant red ribbon on the huge window of The People’s Republic gallery in the Museum of Liverpool. It would be hard to miss it! This red ribbon is part of the Now+then: Three Decades of HIV in Merseyside display created by Sahir House. This ground-breaking project explores Merseyside’s journey with HIV from the 1980s to the present day, through people’s own stories.
A limited number of red ribbon badges are available free of charge from the Museum’s welcome desk courtesy of Sahir House. Wear it with pride.