Aids Day support pledge by May
Theresa May marked the 30th anniversary of World Aids Day by pledging the UK’s continued support for tackling the disease globally.
Speaking at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, the Prime Minister said: “The UK is helping millions of people access antiretroviral therapy and supporting HIV prevention in some of the world’s poorest countries.
“By working together we can end the stigma of HIV and eliminate it completely.”
She added that December 1 was a day for remembering those who have lost their lives to Aids-relate illnesses, as well as supporting those currently living with HIV.
May said: “I’m proud that the UK has become one of the first countries in the world to honour the United Nation’s 90/90/90 target t in relation to HIV diagnosis, t reatment and v i ra l suppression.”
The 90/90/90 target aims for 90 per cent of people living with HIV to know their status, 90 per cent of those d iagnosed with HIV to receive antiretroviral therapy and 90 per cent of all people receiving the therapy to have viral suppression.
Referring to a new drug that can be taken by HIVnegative people before having sex to prevent them contracting the v irus , Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweeted video: “A future with no HIV infections is a real possibi l ity. The PrEP [pre-exposure prophylaxis] drug trials have been a real breakthrough.”