World Aids Day reminds us who we legislate for


“News that the UK has hit its highest-ever diagnosis of HIV/AIDS among gay men reminds us that we should not be silent or, worse still, complacent, if we want to achieve an AIDS-free world ” said Michael Cashman, who speaks for all Labour MEPs on LGBT issues.

“There are many good results globally, but there are still worrying trends as we just saw for UK gay men,” Michael Cashman added, speaking before World Aids Day (tomorrow, Saturday 1st December).

“The European Union has always been at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS ,” he said.

“In the European Parliament, we keep advocating for more commitments to be made by governments and international organisations to the fight against HIV/AIDS,” added Michael, who organised a high-level conference in advance of World Aids Day on the role of the EU in the fight against HIV/AIDS,

“We give a voice to those who can’t speak up. European governments must stand up against the discrimination that people living with HIV/AIDS are faced with.

“Raising awareness continuously is key to the fight against HIV/AIDS. As MEPs, we legislate but we sometimes forget the people we are legislating for – World Aids Day enables us to think about what we do and who we do it for.

“It keeps the fight alive and human,” he said while distributing to the staff of the European Parliament red ribbons and condoms to mark World Aids Day.

For more information about World Aids Day go to http://www.worldaidsday.org/