WHAT TIME DOES:
Our main events in conjunction with the national RED Aware campaign are The Red Party & The Red Aware Day. You can read about the events below to find out more about how you can contribute to this cause while having a great time with your peers and friends!
THE RED PARTY
As part of the national RED Aware Campaign and in efforts to raise awareness and funding for HIV/AIDS, TIME hosts the UQ's chapter of the RED party. Run every year by medical students around Australia with 16 participating medical schools, the RED party has gained immense popularity, collectively raising over $250,000 since 2007 for charities around the world supporting HIV/AIDS education/research.
The Red Party is a fabulously “red” themed evening here at TIME UQ complete with free condoms, drink deals, red lipstick, conversations about HIV awareness, music and a whole lot of fun! In the previous years, hundreds of students have attended the event, with media coverage by UQ News, MX and a number of radio stations, with the promise of the Red Party being even bigger in the upcoming years.
Through the previous RED Aware campaigns and the Red Parties, TIME has raised funds for Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) Berghofer Virology Laboratory, the Upendo Orphans Support Project in Kenya and in 2014, the African Aids Foundation. We look forward to continuing our contribution to this very important cause.
RED Party is always a fabulous night with all proceeds going to a really great cause. So bring your friends and don't forget to wear your brightest red!
RED AWARE CAMPAIGN
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus, which is the virus that causes HIV infection. AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection.
Since 2011, TIME has raised funding for HIV/AIDS treatment and research through the national Red Aware Campaign. In 2013, we donated the main portion of our fundraising to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) Berghofer Virology Laboratory and Keep a Child Alive Medical Services Clinic in Uganda. 2014, we supported the Upendo Orphans Support Project in Kenya and the African Aids Project. Since the start of the epidemic in the 1980’s, HIV/AIDs has claimed over 36 million lives. HIV/AIDs is one of the largest contributors to morbidity and mortality in Sub Saharan Africa.
HIV is still an important health issue in Australia, with more than 25,700 people living with HIV. The HIV diagnosis rates in Queensland have increased every year for the last decade, with the majority of transmissions being from people who did not know they were infected. TIME would like to encourage risk reduction for everyone. The WHO recommends the following approaches for risk reduction most applicable in QLD:
- Safe sexual practices
- Regular testing and counselling for HIV and STIs
- Safe technique for those injecting timely antiviral-based prophylaxis and treatment
For more information concerning risk reduction please visit: http://endhiv.qld.gov.au/
Along with specific projects, we will continue to donate the main portion of fundraising to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) Berghofer Virology Laboratory. The laboratory, under Associate Professor David Harrich, focuses on the discovery of key viral or cellular molecules required for HIV replication, with the aim of targeting them for treatment. Professor Harrich has already developed a modified protein called “Nullbasic” that is showing promising results as a possible one off treatment to halt HIV proliferation.
Read more HERE.
There is currently no cure for HIV, without treatment it usually develops into AIDS within 2 to 15 years. However, the current treatment of antiretroviral drugs are able to control the virus, allowing people to live healthy and productive lives.
As of 2014, anyone in Australia with an HIV infection (including asymptomatic people with high CD4 counts can receive subsidised antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV through the PBS. There is a lot being done to try to provide access to ART in developing countries with almost 10 million people in low and middle-income countries having received ARTs in 2012. However, a significant proportion of those infected in poorer nations are still not receiving treatment. Better health outcomes in low income countries would be more easily achieved if a cure or more economically viable treatment were established.
The RED aware campaign is a National Initiative that raises awareness and funding for HIV but it is also a great contributor to other sexual health issues for young people, such as STIs, safe sex practices and education in the community.