Seven million people around the world are now accessing lifesaving HIV medicines, thanks in large part to the support of the UK. However, with nine million people still waiting to access treatment, more needs to be done. New evidence this year shows that HIV treatment not only keeps people alive, but also reduces the chances of spreading the virus by 96%.
On World AIDS Day we should reflect on what we have done to save the lives of mothers and children, fathers and families all around the world. Our efforts to tackle HIV and AIDS have been an incredible success. For the first time we now have the chance to bring an end to AIDS within a generation – it’s a chance we cannot allow to slip away.
British people have helped to transform millions of lives across the developing world. I believe that we can all be proud of this record. I am going to ask the government to make the effort to bring an end to AIDS and resolving the crisis at the Global Fund a top priority so we can continue to be proud of delivering on our promises to the world’s most vulnerable.