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World AIDS Day

November 30, 2018 12:21 PM

World Aids DayOn Saturday 1st December, millions of people across the globe will be taking part in and supporting the 30th anniversary World AIDS day. Globally, 35 million people have died from HIV and AIDS and there are still around 36.7 million people living with HIV. There has been a fall in the number of diagnoses in the UK, however we must remain vigilant in the fight against AIDS and stamp it out for good!

World AIDS day is a chance to show our commitment, whilst raising awareness of the stigmas and discrimination around HIV. Many people still don't know how to protect themselves and prevent passing on the disease. The day is a great chance to raise awareness of this and educate people whilst supporting the World AIDS Day campaign by wearing a red ribbon.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (commonly known as PrEP) can be used to prevent HIV. Liberal Democrats are fighting for PrEP to be freely available on the NHS. Everyone should have the right to a healthy, HIV free, life. Trials of PReP are currently going ahead in England and Wales, which involves the use of a prescription anti-HIV drug called Truvada, while in Scotland the NHS has already approved its use.

The work of national organisations like Terence Higgins Trust and the National AIDS Trust goes beyond World AIDS day and you can still support them all year round, as well as local HIV/AIDS organisations here in the North West like the George House Trust or Body Positive North Wales & Cheshire.

Liberal Democrat party leader Vince Cable MP made this short video for World AIDS Day 2018: