25 years on
In recognition of World AIDS Day tomorrow, John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons calling on the government to commit the resources needed to care for those living with HIV all year round.
The motion reads:
That this House fully supports World Aids Day on 1st December, which provides an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS; recognises that more people were infected in 2006 than in any previous year with 40 million people worldwide now living with HIV, of which 2.3 million are children; notes that children and young people are among the most vulnerable and unsupported individuals marginalised by the AIDS pandemic; is deeply concerned that fewer than five per cent. of children are receiving life-saving anti-retroviral treatment; recognises that the international community has an obligation to these children to uphold the promises and commitments to universal access to HIV prevention treatment and care by 2010; further notes that in the UK, more than 60,000 people are living with HIV and more than 7,000 more are diagnosed every year; and calls on the Government to commit the necessary resources and to use its international influence to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals on HIV and AIDS are met, and that sufficient resources are committed to care for those in the UK living with HIV.