Aids Day sup­port pledge by May

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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.”


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