ORGANISERS of this year’s ACON Red Ribbon Appeal are encouraging people to join in efforts to end HIV transmission in NSW by participating in the annual fundraising event.

Launched this week, the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal will take place in the lead up to and on World AIDS Day.

ACON is looking for volunteers to help with the appeal’s street collection, which will take place in Sydney on Sunday, November 30 and on World AIDS Day itself on Monday, December 1.

Throughout November, donations can be made and Red Ribbon merchandise can be purchased online or in participating shops and businesses.

ACON chief executive Nicolas Parkhill said the focus of the event continued to align with NSW’s new approach to eliminating HIV transmission by 2020, adding that this was now possible due to recent advances in HIV treatments and testing technologies.

After 30 years of battling HIV/AIDS, the fact that we now have the capacity to end HIV transmission within 10 years is incredibly significant,” he said.

“This is especially so for the tens of thousands of individuals, family members and friends throughout Australia who have been affected by the virus.

So this year, we’re asking people to join us and help make HIV history by getting involved in the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal.”

Parkhill said that any form of assistance in the appeal, whether it be volunteering to sell red ribbons, or purchasing and wearing one, will help raise funds that go towards vital services to help end HIV transmission in the state.

“You’ll also be helping spread the word about how we can end HIV by testing more, treating early and staying safe,” he said.

Now is the time for us to work together to free our community from HIV transmission. It’s history in the making and we can all be a part of that.”

For details and to get involved, click here.

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