Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

Michael supports World AIDS Day

World_AIDS_Day_2014.jpgMichael has today shown his support for World AIDS Day, which is held each year in order to raise awareness in the fight against HIV and support those living with HIV.

HIV attacks the body’s immune system, weakening the body’s ability to fight infections and diseases. It can be passed on in a number of ways, but by far the most common is via sex without a condom - 90 per cent of people with HIV contracted the disease through sexual contact.

There are currently 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK, with 25 per cent of those unaware that they have the virus.

Commenting, Michael said, “I am proud to support World AIDS Day. It is a vital opportunity for people to raise awareness, learn about HIV and support those living with HIV today. Research shows that less than half of people are able to correctly identify ways HIV can and cannot be transmitted, one of the many reasons why today is so important. We must do all we can to help inform people about the facts about HIV.”

You can find out further information about HIV and World AIDS Day by clicking here.

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