由聖約翰座堂「愛之家」諮詢及服務中心主辦「世界愛滋日2014燭光紀念晚會」活動，已於二零一四年十二月一日 (星期一) 晚上假中環聖約翰座堂李堂完滿舉行，多名社會各界及不同國籍的人士踴躍參與是次活動。是次活動的主題響應一年一度的世界愛滋病日 (十二月一日)，紀念愛滋病患者及受愛滋病影響的人士，亦呼應由聯合國提出的2011年至2015年世界愛滋病日的全球主題「向零進發」，喚起大眾對愛滋病和愛滋病病毒感染者的關注，達致零感染，零歧視和零愛滋病相關死亡的目標。社會各界的積極參與令是次活動得以順利舉行，現特函致謝。
根據聯合國愛滋病規劃署公佈的數據顯示，於2012年底全球愛滋病病毒感染者約有3 530萬人， 新增愛滋病病毒感染個案則達230萬宗，約160萬人死於與愛滋病相關的併發症。再者，現時香港的愛滋病病毒感染情況仍値得大眾關注，根據衛生署衛生防護中心的最新公佈，截止2014年第三季，香港的愛滋病病毒感染個案已累積至6 841宗，屢創歷史新高。除了愛滋病病毒感染情況令人關注，愛滋病病毒感染者於現實生活中仍飽受歧視。不少人對愛滋病病毒的認識不足，標籤感染者為性濫交，令感染者感到孤立。本中心藉舉辦是次活動鼓勵大眾關懷愛滋病病毒感染者，拋開歧視，消除大眾對愛滋病的疑惑與恐懼。
活動當晚本人與來賓一同燃點代表祝福及希望的燭光，為全球的愛滋病病毒感染者贈予祝福及祈禱。本中心衷心感謝何卓謙先生及Yeung Cheuk Wing小姐透過悅耳的鋼琴演奏為愛滋病患者及受愛滋病影響的人士獻上關懷。承蒙Bethune House Migrant Women's Refuge奉上精彩的民族舞蹈表演，令是次燭光紀念晚會生色不少。此外，本中心亦邀得「向零進發」2014全港青年人微電影創作比賽青年大使文顥堯 先生與來賓分享微電影創作比賽冠軍及亞軍得獎作品，向觀眾傳遞愛滋病零感染，零歧視的訊息。
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10 December 2014
WORLD AIDS DAY 2014
The event "World AIDS Day Candlelit Vigil 2014" organized by The St. John's Cathedral HIV Education Centre was successfully held at the Li Hall of the St. John's Cathedral in Central on the World AIDS Day (1 December, 2014). Participants from different sectors of Hong Kong society attended the Candlelit Vigil. The event was not only aiming at remembering and supporting people living with HIV and AIDS, but also in response to the global theme for World AIDS Day from 2011-2015 "Getting to Zero", as selected by the United Nations, in order to arouse the public's awareness towards AIDS and people living with HIV, as well as achieving the goals of Zero HIV New Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths . We would like to express our gratitude towards participants and performers for their support which had facilitated to the success of the event.
According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), at the end of 2012 an estimated 35.3 million people were globally living with HIV; in 2012 there were 2.3 million new HIV infections and 1.6 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses. In addition, AIDS remains an essential public health concern in Hong Kong. According to data released by the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, the cumulative total of HIV infections reached 6 841 which recorded high numbers by the 3rd quarter of 2014. Despite that, it is worth noting that people living with HIV are still suffering from discrimination nowadays. Many people do not understand the facts about HIV protection, and stigma, discrimination and isolation remain a reality for people living with HIV. Therefore, we aim to raise the concerns among people from different backgrounds towards those who are living with HIV, to eliminate stigmas as well as the fears against them.
At the Candlelit Vigil, guests and participants lighted up the candles which symbolized a blessing and hope for people living with HIV. We sincerely appreciated the kind support of Mr. Ho Cheuk Him and Miss Yeung Cheuk Wing who presented care for people living with HIV/AIDS through their melodious piano performances. Moreover, we would like to express our thanks to Bethune House Migrant Women's Refuge for their great support. Their marvelous performance of ethnic dance had lightened the event. Besides, the teen ambassador of "Getting to Zero" – 2014 Micro film Contest for Hong Kong Youth, Mr. Man Ho Yiu Horace had shared the message of " to create a non-discriminatory society" throughout showing the First Prize and First Runner-up entries of the Microfilm Contest.
Apart from this event, the Centre has also prepared a World AIDS Sunday Programme together with the Religious Broadcast of RTHK (in partnership with Hong Kong Christian Council) so as to arouse public awareness on AIDS. It had already been broadcasted on 30 November, 11:05 am, on RTHK Radio 4. You can review the programme through
Elijah FUNG (Ms)
St. John's Cathedral HIV Education Centre