Delyn MP David Hanson is supporting World AIDS Day this Saturday 1st December and hopes to raise awareness of HIV in the UK.
According to the Health Protection Agency report there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV worldwide and more than 70,000 people living with HIV in the UK – a number which has trebled over the last ten years. Just as worryingly one in three people with HIV are undiagnosed.
HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system-the body’s defence against diseases. A person infected with HIV may not have symptoms to start with, but eventually without effective treatment the immune system will become very weak and they will no longer be able to fight off illnesses. When someone is described as HIV positive, they have the HIV virus in their body. A person is considered to have developed AIDS when the immune system is so weak it can no longer fight off a range of diseases with which it would normally cope.
David Hanson said:
“Both in the UK and across the world HIV/AIDS is having a devastating effect on individuals and families. The disease is having an overwhelming effect on the economies and social development of some of the world’s poor countries.
“Governments, businesses and voluntary organisations to work together in tackling the epidemic and the UK is committed to reaching the Millennium Development Goals of halting and beginning to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS across the world by 2015.”