Status: 07.12.2023, 15:02 PM
Equipped with bags full of information material and pretzels in the shape of ribbons (from left): Julia Ursprung, Sandra Pabian and Nicole Karl from the health department together with Martin Brouer (head of the vocational school). © District Office
Bags with information material and pretzels: Health department informs about illness in vocational school.
Starnberg – This year, the Starnberg Health Department is once again showing solidarity and drawing attention to the topic of HIV and AIDS with various campaigns. For example, on World AIDS Day, 1 December, 400 bags of information material and pretzels in the shape of the AIDS ribbon were distributed to pupils at the State Vocational Centre in Starnberg in Von-der-Tann-Straße. District Administrator Stefan Frey called for solidarity with those affected and advised caution: "Even though medicine has made great progress, HIV has not gone away. Be careful, and you will protect yourself and others."
As in previous years, the district office will also be showing ribbons this year, both on the homepage www.lk-starnberg.de and on a banner on Münchner Straße, according to a press release. The aim of the actions is to reduce prejudice and to deal openly with HIV and AIDS as well as sexually transmitted diseases.
Since December 1, 1981, AIDS has been internationally recognized as a disease in its own right. Since then, this day has been held annually to commemorate the people who have died as a result of HIV and AIDS. All people are called upon to live together without prejudice and exclusion, because those affected still experience exclusion and stigmatization. The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of living together without prejudice and exclusion.
"Let Communities Lead" was the international motto of World AIDS Day in 2023. The background: Effective HIV prevention and work with people living with the disease can only succeed with networking and cooperation.
According to the latest statistics, the number of newly reported HIV cases in Germany increased slightly in 2022 compared to the previous year. Around 2500 infections were reported in 2022 - eleven percent more than in 2021. According to the Robert Koch Institute, however, it must be taken into account that the number of new infections fell significantly in 2020 and 2021. This is probably due to the Corona pandemic. A comparison is therefore only possible to a limited extent.
Further information and materials for your own solidarity actions are available for download online at www.welt-aids-tag.de.