RIGHT TO PLAY AND WORLD AIDS DAY
This Sunday is World AIDS Day, with Chelsea Football Club continuing to support our charity partner Right To Play in raising awareness for the worldwide pandemic affecting millions of children and adults.
Chelsea's work has raised over £2million for Right To Play since 2007, supporting initiatives such as the Live Safe Play Safe programmes that are designed to build understanding about HIV and AIDS, develop life skills needed to adopt and maintain healthy behaviours and reduce stigma by teaching respect, inclusion and co-operation.
The HIV and AIDS pandemic continues to grow and as of 2011 an estimated 34.2 million adults and children worldwide were living with HIV, with an estimated 2.5 million adults and children newly infected in the same year.
Young people today have been the hardest hit by the global pandemic, with half of all new infections occurring in people aged 15-25. Chelsea Ladies duo Eniola Aluko and Claire Rafferty are supporting National HIV Testing Week (22-29 November), and are featuring in posters, videos and a brand new educational booklet.
One in five of all those living with HIV in the UK today do not know they are infected, meaning doctors are unable to give them today's life-saving treatment. They may also unknowingly be passing on the infection to their partners.
'The HIV test is just a simple blood test,' said Rafferty. 'You can ask for it at your GP, at hospital or in any sexual health clinic. It doesn't hurt, and whatever the result you'll know what to do next - get on medicine or have safer sex in future.'
Aluko added: 'For me it's all about education - and giving young people the information they need to look after themselves. You don't have to be a certain type of person to catch HIV.That's why it's safest to take the test.'
Click for more information on the work being carried out by Right To Play and to download the booklet featuring Eniola Aluko and Claire Rafferty click here.