Young campaigners living with HIV in Leeds for Speaker Tour

Leeds students to hear powerful stories of young campaigners living with HIV

Event open to the public on Thursday 16th February
Inspiring stories told as part of nationwide speaker tour organised by Youth Stop AIDS

Local students support tour as part of It Ain’t Over campaign

There is nothing more powerful than hearing the life experiences of people affected by HIV & AIDS to motivate you to take action. That’s why tomorrow, students from Leeds University will have the chance to hear the inspiring stories of young people living with HIV.

The powerful event is part of a nationwide speaker tour organised by Youth Stop AIDS - a month long journey around the UK, where stories of triumph over adversity inspire people to take action on the global HIV & AIDS epidemic.

The local Leeds Youth Stop AIDS society is one of nine lucky hosts for this year’s tour, which attracted over 700 people last year. The speakers visiting Manchester include:

Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo (Congo/UK): British-Congolese Beauty Queen fighting HIV from Africa to the UK

Becky Kroger, (South Africa): Left in hospital as a baby, because she wasn’t expected to live

Jimmy Isaacs (UK): Former Ray Ban employee faced reduced pay because he was HIV positive

Event details
Venue: Medical Lecture Theatre, Medical Teaching Centre Level 7, Leeds University
Time: 6.00pm on Thursday 16th February

Young campaigners will also be hitting the streets of Leeds with a giant postcard for people to sign in support of its campaign to promote the global fight against HIV & AIDS, called It Ain’t Over. The postcard will be sent to the Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel.

Lauren Pittman, Leeds Youth Stop AIDS, said:

"All of us at Leeds Youth Stop AIDS are especially excited for the Speaker Tour to visit leeds because it’s where it all started for us! We were so inspired by the stories of Brian and George last year that we set up a new campaign group and this year we’re hoping it will encourage loads more people to get involved and take action! It’s such a special, emotional and thought provoking event."

James Cole, Youth Stop AIDS National Coordinator, said:

“We can beat AIDS, but It Ain’t Over. AIDS is now the second largest killer of young people in the world - in 2000 it wasn’t even in the top ten. We hope that hearing about the experiences of young people living with HIV directly at tours like this, will inspire more people to join our fight. Sign our petition!’

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