Today we mark the World AIDS Day to remind society and governments that this devastating pandemic is still present. Over 34 million of people in the world are living with HIV, while in the U.K. around 100,000 people live with this diagnosis, and where, in less than a decade, the number of people accessing to HIV care has risen a 73%. One third of people living with HIV in the UK have experienced discrimination, including from healthcare workers.
This years campaign Not Retro, Just Wrong, is focusing on ending HIV stigma and social attitudes towards it. On the World Aids Day website people with HIV reflect on how social stigma has a big impact in their lives:
'The problems that the 'rest of the population' creates for me makes living with HIV difficult to the point where taking my medication, remaining unemployed and choosing friends carefully appears to be the only comfortable option'.
Check the local AIDS day events: LASS Open Day Event; Hands Up For the World AIDS Day or click here for more information about HIV and AIDS.