McLaughlin urges support for World Aids Day
Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has encouraged people to support World Aids Day on Tuesday, December 1st.
Ms McLaughlin, the chair of the Assembly's health committee, said:
"December 1st is a very important date in the calendar when people across the world mark World Aids day.
"I would encourage people to wear the red ribbon on Tuesday.
"The red ribbon is the international symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness and is the original ribbon used to promote awareness of and support for an important issue and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment.
"We must constantly be proactive in supporting prevention awareness programmes for HIV/AIDS 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/AIDS."