BLACKPOOL South MP Gordon Marsden joined activists from the Stop AIDS campaign at an event in Parliament to mark World Aids Day.
Mr Marsden spoke with activists about the HIV epidemic and progress in medicine – with eight million people worldwide now accessing HIV treatment, and Aids-related deaths declining, from a peak of 2.2 million in the mid-2000s, to 1.8 million in 2010.
Mr Marsden said: “It is important global action on AIDS continues to be highlighted and prioritised nationally and also here in Blackpool where we have had some particularly high rates of the disease in the country. I would like to congratulate all those involved with the Stop Aids campaign, along with other World Aids Day’s awareness events and pledge myself to continued support for initiatives to fight the condition and spread awareness of it.
“However we must understand how far we still have to go, with 7.6 million still going without the life-saving medication they need.
“It is important we keep up the momentum for the campaign after achieving so much already.
“It is really important the Government commits now to a new detailed strategy, which can continue the effectiveness of the previous ones.”