December 1st is the day the world unites to remember that HIV and AIDS are still with us, to commemorate those who have died from the disease, and to make sure they are aware of how best to protect themselves against it.
100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK with around 34 million people worldwide. More than 35 million people have died from the virus, since we knew of its existence. Most new cases in Wolverhampton occur as a result of unprotected sex between men and women.
Not having safe sex, or sharing needles are two of the reasons people get HIV. Poverty and ignorance are two of the other reasons people get HIV.
Religious and political leaders are failing their populations and humanity if they do not provide clear information on how to protect yourself against HIV/AIDS – safe sex = protected sex.
Political leaders and drugs companies must take responsibility for failing to make HIV drugs affordable to all the world’s citizens with the disease.
We can take responsibility by practicing safe sex, and by getting ourselves tested.
You can find out more about safe sex from Terence Higgins Trust Wolverhampton, or from the sexual health clinic on Snow Hill