On annual World AIDS Day leaders from the UK, including Prime Minister Theresa May, have spoken out against the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS.

May, the incumbent Prime Minister said that the “HIV stigma is an unacceptable stain on society” she added: “as Prime Minister, I’m proud to wear a red ribbon on World AIDS Day to show my support for people living with HIV in the UK and all across the world.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn added his voice too and said: “While medical advances continue, social attitudes remain stuck in the past. HIV stigma is a daily reality and is experienced in situations where people should feel supported and valued: at work, in education, and when accessing services.”

Similarly, Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, has said that “the outlook for someone who is diagnosed with HIV now is very different to what it would have been 20 or 30 years ago. Advances in medicine mean that people who are diagnosed early can go on to live long and healthy lives.” She added: “We know that it’s vital to challenge the stigma that surrounds HIV. This stigma is based on myth, ignorance, and misconceptions. It makes life harder for [those] who have HIV, and makes those at risk less likely to get tested.”

December 1st is World AIDS Day.

(Information sourced from Gaytimes.co.uk)