Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Aids fight should start at home

HOW splendid that Britain is to become the second-biggest donor in the world by committing more than £1bn of funding to fight Aids, TB and malaria. Now how about similar help here?

With a rise of almost 450,000 reported infections of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases in 2012, it is appalling that the Terrence Higgins Trust and other sexual health specialist organisations have lost all government funding for helplines.

These are vital since they provide frontline advice and support to those most at risk.

In 1987, the Government ran a huge advertising campaign in response to Aids with the slogan 'Don't Die of Ignorance'.

By its actions, this government shows every sign that it wants us to do exactly that.

IRENE JACOBSON

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