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To mark World AIDS Day (1 December 2015) HIV charity AVERT has launched an animation to help people overcome fears and worries about HIV – something which is stopping millions of people from getting tested for the virus.
46% of people living with HIV do not know they have it. Stigma surrounding HIV remains one of the biggest reasons people are not testing.
Incredible progress has been made in scaling up HIV treatment globally - 15.8 million people are now accessing antiretroviral treatment
. This has increased dramatically from just 2.2 million in 2005 and 7.5 million in 2010. “Every five years we have more than doubled the number of people on life-saving treatment,” said Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director, in their World AIDS Day 2015 report. “We need to do it just one more time to break the AIDS epidemic and keep it from rebounding.”
A recent report has revealed that almost half of people who inject drugs in the United Kingdom are unaware they have hepatitis C.
Ndaula Hamidu, 24, was born with HIV and is now an advocate for sexual and reproductive rights and services, including family planning – issues he says concern young men as well as young women.
Nearly a year in the making, AVERT’s award-winning information is now even more accessible and user-friendly – designed with those who use it most in mind.