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Rethink needed on Aids, insists Northern Ireland charity

By Staff Reporter

A leading LGBT charity in Northern Ireland has called for a radical rethink on how the Government tackles Aids.

On World Aids Day yesterday, The Rainbow Project urged Westminster to take steps that could potentially end new HIV infections within a generation.

Rainbow Project director, John O'Doherty, said: "The LGBT community, and particularly gay and bi men, have always borne the brunt of the HIV epidemic."

He called for better support, education and prevention to combat Aids. Mr O'Doherty added: "Government must invest in tackling the stigma associated with HIV, which is rooted in homophobia, so that people are not so fearful of a positive diagnosis that it prevents them from getting tested. We can end HIV within a generation, but it will require investment from government and a substantial change in how matters of sexual health are tackled in the UK, but by working together, we know that it can be achieved."

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