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1 December 2007

Barrett calls for action on HIV prevention ahead of World AIDS Day

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today joined campaigners in Parliament for World AIDS day, calling for world leaders to keep their promises to fight HIV and AIDS.

The Edinburgh West MP joined today joined a coalition of charities outside Parliament to call for more resources to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services by 2010. Currently, almost 6000 people die every day from AIDS-related illnesses, while AIDS is the leading cause of death in Africa.

John Barrett said:

“On World AIDS Day, we must use this chance to highlight the problems faced by those suffering from HIV and AIDS at home and abroad. In Scotland, we remember those who are no longer with us as well as over 5000 people who are currently diagnosed HIV-positive.

“Last summer world leaders, including Gordon Brown, pledged to provide universal access to treatment for HIV-sufferers who needed it by 2010. It now looks like we have not been doing enough to meet that target.

“Today on World AIDS day, we need to remind leaders of their promises. We must not forget the 2.5 million children worldwide who are infected with HIV. Only 15% are receiving treatment. We need to focus on providing drugs for pregnant mothers which can prevent transmission of the disease during birth. Governments must act urgently to help and provide the money they have promised.

“This World AIDS Day, the Government needs to explain what it is doing to get on track with its targets to fight AIDS in the developing world.”

John Barrett supporting World AIDS Day

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