Nia spoke with activists about how far we have come in the HIV epidemic, with 8 million people now accessing HIV treatment, and AIDS-related deaths declining, from a peak of 2.2 million in the mid-2000s, to 1.8 million in 2010, but she also heard how far we still have to go, with 7.6 million still going without the life-saving medication they need, and joined with the UK activists in asking the government, for HIV and AIDS, Why Stop Now?
Nia said “ The Stop AIDS Campaign is absolutely right; the UK cannot stop now in its commitment to HIV and AIDS. We have come so far, and we have a unique opportunity now to see the epidemic sent into decline by the end of the decade. That’s why we need a UK blueprint for the AIDS response to ensure we get appropriate support to all people living with HIV, including the 100,000 people living with HIV here in the UK. I will be writing to the Prime Minister, and the Secretaries of State for health and for international development to demand their support; it is critical that investment in HIV and AIDS is sustained so we can save millions of lives.”
The Stop AIDS Campaign is a coalition of 80 UK NGOs, faith-based and academic agencies, working at the heart of the global response to HIV and AIDS for 25 years. www.whystopnow.org www.stopaidscampaign.org.uk