Mike Gapes MP has spoken out ahead of World AIDS Day to warn against ‘stigma and complacency’ around HIV.
Mike joined Terrence Higgins Trust’s reception in the House of Lords on the eve of World AIDS Day, which brought together politicians, campaigners, medics and people affected by HIV. The event was hosted by Baroness Gould and the Lord Speaker Lord Fowler.
Three decades after the HIV epidemic began in the UK, HIV was back at the top of the agenda in Parliament ahead of World AIDS Day (1 December).
Nearly 40 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum including Mike wore their red ribbons with pride, while reflecting on how far we’ve come, but how far we still have to go.
The room was packed with people who are committed to making a life-changing difference to those living with HIV by influencing government policy, clinical practice or public awareness, including Mike.
Mike Gapes, Labour MP for Ilford South said: “World AIDS Day continues to be incredibly important as a day of action, awareness and remembrance, so I’m delighted to offer my support to Terrence Higgins Trust’s #ItsNotOver campaign and hope that others will also lend their support.
“We must not let complacency or stigma undo decades of medical progress in the fight against HIV. There are more people than ever living with HIV in this country, and there’s a long way to go before we finally beat the stigma that surrounds the virus.”
Find out more about Terrence Higgins Trust’s current campaigns at www.tht.org.uk/campaigns