Sunday December 1 is World AIDS Day. Please spare a thought for our HIV positive brothers and sisters, both locally and around the world, who continue to face discrimination and stigma in addition to the health challenges the virus presents. Next year Melbourne will host the International AIDS conference and the theme is to be “Stepping up the Pace”. Please join with the delegates of AIDS 2014 in demanding an end to stigma and discrimination now and reflect upon, as we all should, how our thoughts, words and actions might perpetuate stigma & discrimination. And remember, there is great hope for people with the virus, provided they can access proper care and medicines, with treatment advances leading to much longer life expectancies.

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