A flag to mark World Aids Day will be flown from the city’s town halls for the first time to show support for people living with HIV.

The Red Ribbon flag will be flown from both Brighton Town Hall and Hove Town Hall today to commemorate those who have died from an Aids-related illness.

It comes as Brighton marks 40 years since the first reported case of HIV in the city.

Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council Phelim Mac Cafferty said: “Science has transformed the conversation since then. Today people with HIV can live their full life without fear of ever-developing Aids or passing it on - as long as they’re taking medication.

“Locally, the council and NHS work closely with many brilliant local organisations including Lunch Positive, the Martin Fisher Foundation and The Sussex Beacon which continue to place the city at the cutting edge in testing and treatment.

“However, there is more to do. HIV hasn’t gone away and we all have a role to play in getting tested regularly to keep ourselves and loved ones safe.”

A candle-lit vigil will take place this evening at New Steine Gardens from 6pm to remember those who have died locally from Aids.