D&A students see red

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Students at the Arbroath campus saw red today (Wednesday) where a dissemination event was held in recognition of World Aids Day.

As well as the traditional red ribbons, students were encouraged to make a donation in exchange for wearing something red.

There was also the opportunity to listen to addresses by Peter Duncan and Kevin Ditcham of the Terence Higgins Trust.

This sessions were designed to engender a better understanding of HIV/AIDS and help break the stigma associated with the disease.

In a bid promote safe sexual health, students from the health and social care courses designed cards containing information on clinics and testing facilities which were distributed among their colleagues – effectively showing AIDS the red card!

A number of organisations were also present offering help and advice on health issues including Angus-based Hear Me, Cool2Talk, Tayside Council on Alcohol, the NHS and SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health).

“By promoting safe sexual health and inviting organisations such as the Terrence Higgins Trust, the learner engagement team hopes to eradicate any prejudice surrounding this issue,” said Katie Anderson, learner engagement manager.