I don’t know how many of you have read the HPA (Health Protection Agency) 2011 report regarding HIV in the UK (link), I have – and it makes shocking reading.
In 2010 over 6,000 people were diagnosed with HIV in the UK – 3,640 of them via sexual transmission. This is double the figure for 2001 which was 1,950. By the end of 2010 there were 91,500 people (estimated) living with HIV in the UK – a shocking 22,500 of these didn’t even know they were HIV positive. The total figure for people living with HIV in the UK is expected to pass 100,000 by the end of 2012.
Enough talking, it’s time for action. The NHS and various UK government departments (Department of Health & The Health Protection Agency) have been grossly negligent in their duty to keep the UK public informed and aware of HIV. Every day our screens are bombarded with campaigns for Cancer, Heart disease, Stroke, Lung disease, Smoking, Five-a-day, Exercise, Dementia, Mental Health – but when was the last time you saw a HIV advert? Not since the late 80s – that’s if you were even born then.
I’m calling on everyone to sign my Change.org petition http://is.gd/55w4A8 – demanding that the NHS and the Government run a HIV awareness campaign across the various medias (TV, Radio, Print, Web). We must must must stop the HIV infection rate rising – and only through education and a well thought out highly visible campaign can we do that.
PLEASE check out the petition page for more information, PLEASE sign it, and PLEASE share it with your friends, family and social networks.