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