TACKLING the hard-hitting topics of sex and HIV is something that one school in Littlehampton is not afraid of doing.
As the countries across the globe united on Sunday (December 1) to mark World AIDS Day, students at The Littlehampton Academy have started their own week-long event in conjunction with the awareness campaign.
More than 500 children from years-seven and eight created a red ‘human ribbon’ – a symbol of World AIDS Day – to start their campaign.
Academy chaplain Paul Sanderson said it was important for the youngsters to be made more aware of AIDS and HIV, as the numbers of those diagnosed with the conditions continues to climb.
He said: “There’s 20,000 people in the UK that have HIV but don’t know it.
“That’s a staggering number. How many of those people live in Littlehampton? We don’t know.
“But the key principle about this campaign is to build conversation and awareness about the condition, the problems we face, and the key ways on how to prevent the spread of AIDS and HIV.
“We want our young people to talk about this because HIV AIDS is such a killer – there’s no cure for it. So prevention is a key tool.”
For the full story, see this week’s Littlehampton Gazette (Thursday, December 5).