Men urged to get tested & know their status

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More than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

1, and San Antonio is marking the one year anniversary of its participation in an worldwide program to get people tested, diagnosed, and treated for the disease.

December 1 marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, a time to raise awareness for the deadly disease and rally around those affected by the HIV virus. "I guess the difference is now that I'm hoping not to stand down, I'm hoping that I'll win the next election".

She said the people most at risk might already be under-served by the medical and public health communities. There is a gulf between the modern reality of HIV as an entirely manageable condition and the way people perceive it.

Dr Baird continued: "Whilst the epidemic is slowing in the United Kingdom, almost half of people who test positive find out very late that they have HIV, meaning the virus may have damaged their health permanently, which is why early diagnosis is so important".

He continued: "Our commitment to prevention has led to more people getting tested and nearly every person with a diagnosis is now in treatment - meaning they are unlikely to pass the virus on to someone else".

A Labour MP announced that he was HIV-positive during a speech in the House of Commons yesterday.

Lloyd Russell Moyle said there is still stigma surrounding HIV
Lloyd Russell Moyle said there is still stigma surrounding HIV

"It is so important for people living with HIV to be better represented across public and political spheres, and as a serving MP to be openly living with the virus, Lloyd is already impacting positive change".

"When HIV and AIDS came on the scene in the '80's, it was major headlines". Former Labour cabinet minister Chris Smith revealed his status in 2005.

More information is available at the Centre for Social Research in Health.

"The observance of World AIDS Day is an annual reminder of the need to remain vigilant in our efforts to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and also of the potential we have for further progress".

Broughton and his husband, Travis, lit a Christmas Tree Friday evening outside the Bloomington Hy-Vee store to mark World AIDS Day.

As the HIV epidemic in the Region expands, we can no longer wait to scale up access to more comprehensive packages for prevention, testing and treatment.