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Ní Chuilín to host World Aids Day conference in Stormont

29 November, 2007

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Carál Ní Chuilín MLA will host a World Aids Day conference in conjunction with the HIV support centre in Stormont, Saturday December 1.

Speaking before the event, and before a symbolic 'balloon launch' with Sinn Féin Junior Minister Gerry Kelly tomorrow @12pm (Friday) at Belfast City Hall, Ms Ní Chuilín said,

"I am honoured to host such a conference which shall champion and highlight what is an issue of paramount importance.

"It is now our responsibility in the assembly to raise awareness of issues such as this and to have a open and frank discussion.

"Last year in the 32 counties the cumulative total number of HIV infections reported by the end of 2006 was over 5000. This is an issue of both local and global significance, which requires united action.

"There is also a continued need for greater awareness of sexual health and safe sex practices.

"Political leaders need to recognise the relationship between poverty, discrimination and HIV/AIDS, and the need to break the cycle of underdevelopment, poverty and disease. The assembly has a responsibility to address this growing crisis." Críoch

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