Award-winning broadcaster GaydarRadio is marking World AIDS Day today with a fund-raising outside broadcast special at selected venues across London which aims to boost charity coffers, stop the spread of HIV and help end prejudice.

The red ribbon digital radiothon opened with Breakfast@Balans in the heart of London’s Soho from 7am to 11am and then moves to the premier gay pub Comptons from 11am to 6pm.

Club Nation then winds up the event with a night of music from Bar Code in Vauxhall from 6pm to midnight.

“We are dedicating our entire output to the HIV cause on this important day. Our aim is to encourage listeners to donate to the HIV/AIDS charity of their choice, remind people about safe sex and to tackle the stigma that still surrounds HIV,” said programme controller Robin Crowley.

A web page on the GaydarRadio website will direct listeners to donate to the HIV charity of their choice, with all the featured charities taking part in the radio appeal across the day. In addition there will be vox pops with gay men about safe sex issues and a look at how other organisations are marking World AIDS Day.

The music will also be punctuated by a series of personal testimonials from people with HIV talking about safe sex and being positive and the stories of negative partners talking about going out with an HIV positive partner.

QSoft Consulting, owners of GaydarRadio, recently sponsored the technical development of a new HIV portal on the DIPEx (database of individual experiences) website. Managing Director Henry Badenhorst was part of a team who advised on the development of the information portal about HIV experiences which was launched by City University, London last week.