Some of Dundee’s best-known landmarks are set to be bathed in red light to mark World Aids Day on December 1.
NHS Tayside’s sexual health team is set to “paint the town red” to mark the event, with buildings and other well-known sites being illuminated across the city.
A red ribbon has become the universal symbol of awareness of HIV and Aids.
Among the buildings taking part are V&A Dundee, DC Thomson’s premises in Meadowside, Dundee railway station, DCA, Dundee Rep and the High School.
Slessor Gardens will also be illuminated red to mark the world–wide day of awareness and remembrance.
Graeme Cockburn, health promotion officer, sexual health and blood borne virus, said: “We wish to shine a light on World Aids Day and the ‘undetectable equals untransmittable’ message, which is that someone on effective HIV treatment will not be able to pass the virus on sexually. This is known as U=U.
“We’re hoping that with the help of our partners, sharing this very positive message around HIV treatment, we can begin to challenge and remove some of the stigma around HIV.”
Since the discovery of HIV and Aids in the early 1980s a substantial number of advances have been made in its treatment.
The virus, and its subsequent evolution into Aids when in the immune system, was once seen as a death sentence. However, treatments today are so advanced that HIV can be reduced to untransmittable levels, limiting its spread.
NHS Tayside will also be holding other events to mark the event, including information stands at Ninewells Hospital and the Overgate and a collaboration with the Saturday Parkrun event at Camperdown.