Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Why Stop Now? AIDS Campaign with Sabrina De Souza

We've come along way from the 80's. HIV no longer is the death sentence it was back then and today around 8 million people in low income and middle income countries are receiving treatment for AIDS. Only a few years previous it had been around 400,000. Also we now have treatment available for babies born with HIV. Sadly however some people still can't get access to the right services and in 2011 there was still 330,000 babies born with the virus.

Sabrina was our guest in the studio and she tells us we still have a loooong way to go. One of the most important goals of the charity she works for "Why Stop Now?" is to ensure we don't back track with the progress that we've gained. There has been no government strategy to keep up the pace or tackle the problem within the UK since 2010 (Since the Coalition Government took over). HIV is still very much a national problem as well as a international one. By the end of the year there will be around 100,000 adults living with HIV.

Funding cuts seem mostly to blame, preventing charities and organisations giving the treatment and information that people who have contracted the virus so desperately require. Why Stop Now? aims to support the public by raising our voice and telling the government why this is an incredibly important issue still and that the war on AIDS has not been won.

So how can you help?

There's a number of ways you can support this cause. 

#1. Firstly you can write to David Cameron by going to whystopnow.org and adding your name and email address.

#2. You can create some noise online by going to twitter  #WhyStopNow.

#3. You can also mention the campaign to your local MP. (Steven Fry has currently tweet on the campaign!)

We can't afford to let the government to get slack on AIDs.  




Written by Gregg Jackson 

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