Win £50 Co-op voucher in World Aids Day quiz

World AIDS Day has been held on December 1 each year since 1988.
World AIDS Day has been held on December 1 each year since 1988.

A £50 Co-op shopping voucher is the prize in a special quiz organised by the HELP Project to mark World Aids Day on December 1.

AIDS may not have the public profile in the prosperous West that it did in the 1980s, but across the world 34 million people - on in ten of them under the age of 15 - are living with HIV, the virus which attacks the body’s immune system and can lead to AIDS.

Every year since 1988, December 1 has been designated World Aids Day.

Around 98,500 people are living with HIV in the UK, 5,659 of them in Scotland - but it’s thought that there are some 1,400 more in Scotland who have the virus but don’t know it.

HIV can be passed on through sexual intercourse, through blood-to-blood contact, and from mother to baby. Using condoms is the best way to keep protected from sexually transmitted diseases.

There is no cure or vaccine for HIV; treatment means taking drugs every day for the rest of your life.

Condoms are available free of charge in the Highland and Argyll and Bute areas, delivered by post in a plain pack - simply text your name, address, and postcode to 07519 708296.

To be in with a chance of winning the £50 Co-op voucher just read this article carefully one more time and send us your answers to the following questions:

1. What do the initials HIV stand for?

2. How many people in Scotland know they are living with HIV?

3. How can HIV be passed on?

4. How many people are there in Scotland who are unaware they are infected?

5. Is there a cure for AIDS?

6. Can you get AIDS from sharing a cup with someone with HIV?

7. What’s the number you text for free condoms in Argyll and Bute?

8. In what year was the first World Aids Day? 1984, 1988, or 1992?

To enter just email your answers to news@buteman.com by December 3 - the winning entry will be drawn the following day.

* The information in this article was supplied by Information supplied through Cowal Aids Awareness group and Waverley Care.