Mexico, Japan – 30 November 2013
On 1st December 2013 ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association marks the 25th international World AIDS day. This year’s global theme is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.”
Between 2011 and 2012 the number of adults and children living with HIV increased by 17% passing from 30 million to 35 million people (source: UNAIDS). This extremely worrying fact requires us to continue to fight against this terrible pandemic that kills millions of people every year.
“We of course support more research for better treatments and we recognize the efforts made for full access to treatment to all, but governments must guarantee funds to develop innovative prevention actions. We see young people being added daily to those living with HIV. This of course has a high cost for countries. The greatest cost is these young peoples lives: the limitations to their productivity and their quality of life” said ILGA Co-Secretary General, Gloria Careaga.
“While experts continue to develop more effective treatments to combat and eradicate HIV/AIDS, our fight also continues to eliminate discrimination and stigma. HIV/AIDS affects not only men who have sex with men, but all people regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. On this World AIDS Day, we’d like to remember in our thoughts or prayers those who have passed away because of HIV/AIDS. We join the global community in encouraging people to learn more about HIV/AIDS and thinking how each of us can contribute towards a society free from discrimination and stigma.” said Azusa Yamashita, ILGA’s Co-Secretary General.
Today, on 2013 World Aids Day ILGA mourns all those who have been killed by HIV/AIDS and renews its commitment in standing with all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people who live with HIV/AIDS and with the prejudice, discrimination and stigma that this unfortunately brings and we hope to witness soon an AIDS-Free Generation.
Moreover, we urge states, decision makers and stakeholders to make sure that good prevention campaigns are taking place all over the world and that a full access to treatment is fully guaranteed to everybody, no matter their gender, age and sexual orientation.