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Five World Aids Day events in London tonight

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Today is World Aids Day, a worldwide initiative to raise awareness of the fight against HIV and to encourage people to get tested. The virus is still a major health issue with 36.9 million people living with HIV at the end of 2014. Here are some of the events taking place in London. 

Tonight

HIV Blind Date, The Glory, doors 5pm, show 8pm, £20. A real-life show for people living with HIV/HEPc to share the realities of life, love and struggle. Organised by Act Up London, the team say they hope to expose cuts to services, celebrate the fierceness of the community of people living with HIV/HEPc in the UK. 

Wad Mass, Church of the Immaculate Conception, 6pm-8pm, free. This annual World Aids Day Mass is organised by the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council and features music from the Beacon Music Group.

Red Life Drawing, Paper Dress Vintage Shop, 6.30pm-9pm, £12. A red-themed life drawing workshop, on the theme of red. There'll be free drawing materials and mulled red wine at the bar and a red themed soundtrack. A quarter of ticket sales go to the Terence Higgins Trust. 

Ribbon Gate, Barbican, 9am-11pm, free. The Karen Finley installation is open until 11pm. Visitors can participate by tying a ribbon in memory of a loved one.  

WAD Mass, Farm Street Church, 6pm-7pm, free. A service organised by Farm Street Jesuit church, LGBT Catholics Westminster, Catholics for Aids Prevention and Support and Positive Catholics.

On December 5

Mr & Mrs Exilo, Exilio LGBT Latin Dance Club, London Bridge, 10pm-4am, £15. A talent pageant in aid of World Aids Day. The audience are asked to wear red, condoms will be given out and prizes range from £300 to £400.

You can order World Aids Day ribbons here.

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