MANY MPs have been spotted wearing red ribbons in the House of Commons on December 1.

The symbolic gestures shows support for World AIDS Day which takes place once a year.

Why are MPs wearing red ribbons?

MPs have been wearing red ribbons as a sign of support for World AIDS Day.

The red ribbon is the global symbol used in support of people living with HIV.

It was designed in 1991 by a group of artists in New York as a visual expression of solidarity for those living with AIDS.

They chose red for its boldness, and for its symbolic associations with passion, the heart and love.

What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day takes place on December 1 every year.

It is a day for people to come together in the fight against HIV, support those living with the virus and commemorate those who died from an AIDS-related illness.

The most recent estimate suggests there were 105,200 people living with HIV in the UK in 2019, according to the Terence Higgins Trust.

World AIDS Day was founded in 1988 and it was the first ever global health day.

Sir Elton John, who is a committed HIV campaigner, said: "One thing we’ve learned this year is the importance of testing and testing for HIV is at the core of ending new cases of HIV in England.

"It’s so important for everyone to know their HIV status to protect themselves and others.

"Making HIV testing available and normalised throughout the health service not only means people can be treated but by testing becoming routine, this removes some of the stigma that’s holding us back."

How can I get a red ribbon?

Red ribbons can be purchased for a suggested £1 donation from the National AIDS Trust website or selected retailers such as Morrisons.

The supermarket chain will also be collecting donations at every till point across the UK.

You can also add a red ribbon to your order for a suggested donation when shopping online with MAC Cosmetics.

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