Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

World Aids Day: Manx community group to hold vigil

World Aids Day
Image caption World Aids Day is held on 1 December

People on the Isle of Man are being invited by a local community group to take part in a vigil to mark World Aids Day in Douglas on 1 December.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group (LGBT) plan to mark the day by releasing red lanterns and holding a series of educational talks.

LGBT chairman Lee Clarke said he hoped to raise awareness with the event.

The Department of Health said the number of people diagnosed with HIV/Aids on the island was unknown.

Mr Clarke said: "It's a great opportunity for people on the island to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have lost their lives all over the world.

"It is a very important day as it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away - there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education."

The evening will begin at 18:00 GMT and include talks and the release of 25 red lanterns at the Villa Marina in Douglas.

The President of Tynwald the Hon Clare Christian MLC will attend the evening along with members of the Department of Education and Children.

World Aids Day was the first-ever global health day and was first held in 1988. Red ribbons will be on sale throughout the island.

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