World Aids Day 2012
Today ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association marks the World Aids Day together with its members worldwide, with the global LGBTI community and with the more than 30 million people who are living with HIV (source UNAIDS) and commemorating all the people who died.
The World Aids Day is an opportunity to remember those who died and those who are living with HIV/AIDS but also to unite together with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people worldwide in saying that HIV/AIDS still exists and still kills and that is extremely important to continue the fight against this global scourge and against the prejudice and stigma that all people, including LGBTI people, face when living with HIV/AIDS.
"We recognize the advances in the treatment of HIV/AIDS that science has achieved but we also want governments to commit themselves more strongly in prevention actions and campaigns. AIDS is not necessarily a mortal disease anymore but it does not allow for the full enjoyment of life and we want all people to live healthily and joyfully. Prevention actions for all are key in increasing our chances in combating the epidemic” Gloria Careaga, co-secretary general of ILGA, said.
We are approaching the deadline for the achievement of the 6th Millennium Development Goal, halting and beginning to reverse, by 2015, the spread of HIV/AIDS, and despite the efforts and global progresses, the goal is far from being achieved. Even today, after 25 years since the first World Aids Day, millions (1.7 million in 2011 according to the 2012 UNAIDS report on the global AIDS Epidemic) of people still die from AIDS-related illnesses every year. On this day, ILGA and ILGA members around the world engage in initiatives to raise awareness on the need for prevention programs and funding because, as in the case of the fight for LGBTI rights and equality, also on the HIV/AIDS front a luta continua!
Gloria Careaga and Renato Sabbadini
Co-Secretaries General of ILGA