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Mark World Aids Day – Gildernew

1 December, 2011

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Michelle Gildernew MLA has called on people to wear a red ribbon to mark World AIDS Day today 1st December Ms Gildernew said:

"Thursday December 1st is World AIDS Day, a day in which the world comes out in solidarity and support for those who are living with HIV and AIDS.

“There are an estimated 40 million people living with HIV globally, up from an estimated 36.6 million in 2002."

"We would be foolish to believe this epidemic does not touch the lives of people in Ireland."

“The latest figures released today show an increase in HIV of 20% in the North so we cannot be complacent or believe that this illness has gone away.  I would urge people to practice safe sex and take precautions such as wearing a condom to protect themselves from the HIV virus.

"The Red Ribbon is the international symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness and is used to promote awareness and support of a worthy cause and to remind others of the need for their continued support and commitment.

"We must constantly be proactive in supporting prevention awareness programmes for HIV in Ireland, these programmes must be sustained and given the proper funding to help reduce the levels of new infections and put in place the support services that are needed for caring for those suffering with HIV.”

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