World AIDS Day

29/11/12 by Health Poverty Action

Health Poverty Action World AIDS day This Saturday is World Aids Day. The AIDS epidemic is at a tipping point; we have made excellent progress and we are at a crucial stage – if the response is scaled up now many, many lives will be saved and much suffering will be prevented.

Health Poverty Action believes a comprehensive approach to HIV and AIDS needs to be taken. In low-income countries, health systems need to be strengthened, which includes more clinics and hospitals, more trained health workers, and more mobile staff and health outposts in remote areas, in order to deliver comprehensive prevention and treatment programmes.

Governments throughout the world must show commitment to tackling poverty and the discrimination against women and other marginalised groups that perpetuates vulnerability to HIV. They must work harder to reach marginalised groups with condoms and prevention messages, HIV testing and treatment, and care and support.

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