World Aids Day - 1st December 2006

01 December 2006

The AIDS epidemic is a global emergency that effects people in every country on earth. UNAIDS estimated that by the end of 2005 a total of 25 million people will have died since AIDS was first recognised in 1981. In 2005, alone some 38.6 million people were known to be living with HIV, 4.1 million people were known to be newly infected and 2.8 million people lost their lives.

The UN has estimated that by the end of this decade, 40 million people in sub-Saharan Africa will have died or be dying of AIDS – in effect there will be a missing generation – with the majority of deaths being in the 25-45 years of age category.

Despite these figures, we know through the experience of HIV and AIDS sufferers in the West that if HIV is properly treated with the available medicines, that HIV positive people can live healthily for at least 25 years after they have been diagnosed.

In the UK because we do not routinely test for HIV (except in the case of pregnant women who are all screened), Terrance Higgins Trust estimate that there could be as many as 50,000 people who are HIV positive. This figure could be doubled – sexually transmitted diseases are all on the increase.

ASLEF supports the right of all HIV positive people, and people where their illness has progressed to AIDS, to have the access to the drugs that they need to combat this illness.

ASLEF supports the right of people who are HIV positive, and those with AIDS to live in dignity and without harassment, victimisation and discrimination.

ASLEF supports the right of countries to produce cheaper, generic versions of HIV medicines in their own countries under licence.

Don’t let poverty kill a generation of people in Africa.


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