Taoiseach takes HIV test to mark World Aids Day

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The global event marks its 30th anniversary this year, with people across continents expected to hold campaigns and vigils and wear the symbolic red ribbons for the occasion.

We have seen progress both at home, through initiatives such as the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, and overseas, through the success of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which marks its 15th anniversary this year.

In 2011, when this data was first recorded, there were 355 people per 100,000 who were HIV positive.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweeted video: "A future with no HIV infections is a real possibility".

The fight against HIV is being won but the fight against ignorance is being lost - which is why today (December 1) people are being encouraged to #rocktheribbon to show their support on World Aids Day. And people who are HIV Positive and have access to treatment can now be sure that they will remain healthy and that their partners are protected.

He added: "I hope that my coming out serves to defy the stigma around the disease".

One of the groups most at risk for contracting HIV is students.

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The 32-year-old, who is the Member for Brighton Kemptown, wanted his statement to help tackle the stigma around HIV and Aids and inform people that advances in treatment meant he lives a totally unaffected life with the virus. We are also one of the countries that originated UNITAID in 2006, financing 60% of its work on innovative treatments, diagnosis and prevention.

"These men's HIV statuses were entirely avoidable".

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, shared that he had been HIV positive for nearly 10 years, and talked about the moment he was diagnosed, and his journey since that moment.

Coincidentally, this is not the first time AIDS has made Chinese headlines this week.

The ceremony marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day.

The campaign seeks to improve awareness on accessibility and availability of HIV testing services in Rwanda, said Patrick Ndimubanzi, state minister of public and primary healthcare, at the ceremony in Musanze district, northern Rwanda.

On Friday, the eve of World AIDS Day, the Governor announced plans to expand access to treatment for low-income patients.

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