Since the start of the epidemic in the Netherlands, the affected communities have played a major role in tackling HIV and AIDS. In ways to live with HIV, or how to prevent it. And how we can take care of each other and fight for the right cause. Unlike many other countries, in The Netherlands the various communities were involved – some more than others – in the planning, organization and implementation of various projects and activities. This has resulted in an impressive number of community initiatives that have been substantial, innovative and crucial (and in part still are!) Initiatives that have remained largely invisible to the general public.
The history of how the Dutch HIV community took matters into its own hands is on many fronts a success story of solidarity, resilience and activism, of which we as communities can be immensely proud. But in showing this legacy, the more difficult and painful parts of the past are certainly not shunned. Not everyone was involved, not everyone was reached.
As of 2020, we have been busy doing research and conducting interviews about this history. The challenge is to create an inclusive exhibition. To make the invisible visible. We are not complete and there are blind spots, but we want to give as many stories as possible a place in the House of HIV.
With this exhibition, we pull the curtain away from this rich history of four decades of surviving and living in an epidemic and we also look ahead to the end of AIDS.
House of HIV is a house under construction. If it is up to us, this will be a long-term project, in which we will continue to work on archiving, documenting and exhibiting the history of the Dutch HIV community.
The Hiv Vereniging organizes its first Meet&Eat for people with HIV from Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In recent years, we have seen an increasing group of people with HIV from this region in the Netherlands and would like to offer them the right information and ensure mutual contact and support. A group of volunteers has joined forces and is organizing this meeting.
What and when? On Saturday 9 October from 13.00 to 16.00, the Hiv Vereniging will organize its first Meet&Eat for people with HIV from Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EE&CA region). During the Meet&Eat lunch is offered and people get the chance to meet each other in a safe environment. Information is provided in Polish, Russian and Romanian. The activity is free.
For and by people with HIV from Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The Meet&Eat is organized by volunteers from Eastern Europe and Central Asia and is only open to people from that region. We do this because we want to offer a safe place with targeted information in their own language.
Sign In! What: Meet&Eat When: Saturday 9 October from 13.00 to 16.00 Where: Hiv Vereniging, Eerste Helmerstraat 17A-3 1054 CX, Amsterdam For whom: people from Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Are you interested? Then register via het Servicepunt (the Service Point). Can be reached by telephone on Mon, Tues and Thurs from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on 020 – 689 25 77. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your name, dietary requirements, country of origin and the activity you wish to register for (note: In the months of July and August, het Servicepunt is closed on Tuesdays for holidays).
World AIDS Day is celebrated annually around the world on December 1, in accordance with the decision of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the decision of the UN General Assembly adopted in 1988.
This Day has become one of the most important international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, pay tribute to those who died from the disease, and celebrate achievements such as expanding access to treatment and prevention.
On June 5, 1981, the American Center for Disease Control registered a new disease – AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). This is a serious condition that develops in a person against the background of severe immunodeficiency caused by a long course of HIV infection.
For the first time, AIDS Day was celebrated on December 1, 1988, following a call for social tolerance and increased exchange of information on HIV / AIDS at a meeting of ministers of health from all countries.
This international day, celebrated each year, serves to strengthen organized efforts to combat the HIV and AIDS pandemic spreading across all regions of the world. Organized efforts are aimed at strengthening public support for HIV / AIDS prevention programs, organizing training and providing information on all aspects of HIV / AIDS.
Realizing the ever-increasing complexities of the HIV / AIDS pandemic, the UN formed in 1996 a union of six global organizations. Called the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS), the program brings together as sponsors of this joint project, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank.
UNAIDS supports long-term global projects on HIV and AIDS prevention; assists in the fight for human rights regardless of HIV status, assists countries around the world through prevention education, support for HIV / AIDS research, and work with programs to expand the international front against HIV / AIDS.
According to the organization, today 37.9 million people worldwide are infected with HIV, and a quarter of them are unaware of their status. But knowing your status is the first step towards HIV treatment and prevention.
World AIDS Day has become an annual event in most countries and is celebrated each year under a different motto that reflects current pressing issues. Although December 1 has been designated as the date for the Day, many communities organize a number of educational and diagnostic events during the weeks and days before and after the official celebration.
The symbol of the fight against AIDS is the red ribbon, and not a single action in this area is complete today without it. This ribbon was conceived in the spring of 1991 as a symbol of understanding AIDS. Its idea belongs to the artist Frank Moore. He lived in a provincial New York state town, where a neighboring family wore yellow ribbons, hoping for the safe return of their soldier daughter from the Persian Gulf. Ribbons first appeared as a symbol during the Gulf War. Green ribbons, similar to the non-inverted V, have become a symbol of the experiences of the Atlanta child murders. The artist decided that the ribbon could be a metaphor for AIDS too.
The idea was accepted by the Visual AIDS group. As the organization consisted of professional artists and art managers, the advertisement for the visible symbol of the fight against AIDS was very successful. It all started very simply. Here is an excerpt from an early Visual AIDS flyer: “Cut a red tape 6 centimeters long, then fold at the top to form an inverted V. Use a safety pin to attach it to your clothes. “
“Discrimination is a violation of human rights and should not be ignored. Everyone should have the opportunity to live life with respect and dignity. ” 8th UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Zero Discrimination Day is celebrated annually on March 1 by a UN decision since 2014. The agency was initiated by the leaders of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS.
Discrimination is an infringement. In the modern concept, this word is used to denote the infringement of a person’s rights on various grounds (social, religious, racial, national, sexual, etc.) and can be carried out in different ways. This is evidenced by the historical experience through which absolutely all modern states have passed. Their gradation varies from a banal unfair attitude to insult and restriction of rights even at the state level.
And if the discrimination cultivated by individual states in relation to certain categories of their citizens is still subject to regulation by international law and international organizations, then discrimination at the household level is still strong, and cannot be fully controlled even in developed democratic countries.
Unfortunately, discrimination continues to affect the lives of millions of people around the world. The slogan “Give a helping hand!” Reveals the goals and tasks of those who care about today’s date, and therefore the fate of other people. But the motto of the Day “Zero Discrimination” in 2016, which sounded like “Be Yourself”, was addressed to those who somehow suffered from discrimination or continue to experience its manifestations. In 2019, UNAIDS on this Day stresses the need for action to repeal discriminatory laws.
The new holiday calls on modern society to tolerate other people, regardless of their racial, national, religious, gender, age, affiliation to a particular social group, regardless of their political and other views and beliefs. He recalls the right of everyone to a full life with dignity. Therefore, the task of the Day is the “absolute” for those who instituted this holiday, and for those who sincerely participate in the implementation of projects within its framework – the achievement of that state of society when discrimination within it is reduced to zero, that is, disappears completely.
Every person has the right to a full and decent life, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, color, height, weight, profession, education and belief.