#FactUp about HIV – Jenny Willott MP

November 29, 2013 10:37 AM

Jenny Willott MP

World AIDS Day is on 1 December and this year Jenny Willott MP is joining forces with NAT (National AIDS Trust) to ask locals to show support for people living with HIV, improve their understanding of the condition, and show their commitment to tackling HIV in Cardiff Central.

Despite the growing number of people living with HIV (around 100,000 in the UK), and improved treatment, public knowledge and awareness about HIV hasn't kept pace and is actually declining.

This World AIDS Day, NAT is asking people to #FactUp and learn five simple facts about HIV in the UK:

  1. If diagnosed and treated in time. People living with HIV live a normal lifespan.
  2. There is no job, which someone can't do specifically because they have HIV
  3. Treatment can mean that people living with HIV are no longer infectious.
  4. Men and Women living with HIV can become parents of a HIV-free baby.
  5. People living with HIV still face stigma and discrimination.

Jenny Willott MP said:

"I am proud to wear a red ribbon to mark this year's World AIDS Day. With around 1 in 5 people with HIV remaining undiagnosed and almost half of people still being diagnosed late, we need to do more to improve HIV prevention and testing.

"Sadly, for people living with HIV one of the biggest challenges is still stigma, which is often the result of ignorance about HIV and unnecessary fear. Stigma also stops some people from taking an HIV test. I hope the National AIDS Trust's five simple facts about living with HIV in the UK will help people to think differently about HIV."

Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of the National AIDS Trust added:

"I am really pleased to see Jenny Willottusing World AIDS Day to take a lead on thisissue. Tackling HIV stigma, by encouraging more people to learn more about HIV, is important to improve the lives of people living with HIV, and to encouraging more people to get tested.

"Many people don't know what it is like to live with HIV and that if people test early and are on effective treatment they can live a normal lifespan and are much less likely to pass on HIV to others."

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