[fyeg_gen-l] Common Press Release: FYEG and GYG: The fight against HIV/AIDS has not been won yet!

FYEG office at fyeg.org
Wed Dec 1 17:33:11 CET 2010

The fight against HIV/AIDS has not been won yet!

The Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) and the Global Young 
Greens (GYG) announce:

The fight against AIDS has still not been won, although the awareness 
has nearly vanished in the Western world. 90 % of the 14000 daily 
infections occur in countries of the Global South, 2/3 of the HIV 
infected people live in Sub-Sahara Africa. The lack of antiretroviral 
therapies among pregnant women in the Global South leads to high numbers 
of babies being born with HIV.

Since 1981 25 million people worldwide have died of AIDS. This clearly 
reveals that the development strategies, that the Global North was and 
is still following, have not been sufficient in the fight against HIV 
and not able to stop the trend towards more infections and a higher 
mortality rate.

That is why FYEG and GYG urge world leaders to make HIV a priority in 
their political agenda. On the one hand preventive measures are needed 
with more sexual education and free distribution of condoms. 
Consequently, we condemn the irresponsible anti-contraceptive policy of 
the Catholic Church that is likely causing the death of thousands of 
people each year.

On the other hand medication for people who are already infected needs 
to be provided – especially in countries of the Global South. Here the 
Global North is obligated to show that human life is more important than 
patent law on HIV medication!


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