Steve McCabe MP joins campaigners calling for the UK to increase investment in HIV treatment and support

Monday 1st December 2016 marked the 27th anniversary of World AIDS Day, a day where campaigners and people living with HIV from around the world come together in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died.

Steve McCabe, MP for Selly Oak joined youth activists to mark World AIDS Day. UK investment has helped to transform the global HIV response and Steve voiced his support for renewed UK leadership in the push to end the global AIDS epidemic.

Steve spoke with activists about the incredible progress made so far in the AIDS response and the financial and political commitment needed to make ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 a reality. UNAIDS estimates that in order to end AIDS by 2030, global funding must increase from $19bn to $32bn annually.

Steve McCabe MP said:

 “For the first time the end of AIDS is achievable.  It was really great to meet some of the young campaigners and hear their thoughts on how we can help drive the global fight against this cruel disease. We have the tools to end the epidemic, and we must continue our support to ensure access to HIV testing and immediate treatment for all including the most marginalised groups in the UK and globally.”

Mike Podmore of STOPAIDS said:

 “It is inspiring to see parliamentarians like, Steve showing his support for continued UK leadership in the global HIV response. We call on the UK government to increase investment in HIV now in order to avoid paying a higher price later when HIV infections will have increased. Key affected populations including sex workers, injecting drug users and LGBTI must be at the heart of the response.”

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