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HIV/AIDS: universal prevention, treatment and care by 2010

On Thursday 30 November at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Hilary Benn MP, UK minister for international development, will give a public lecture to an audience at LSE on the eve of World AIDS Day. 

This is a critical moment as the most recent report from UNAIDS on the global situation indicates that we still have a long way to go in effective management of prevention, treatment and impact mitigation.

Hilary Benn will speak on the subject of: HIV/AIDS: prevention, treatment and care - how will the world deliver universal access by 2010? This is a most important topic given that HIV/AIDS is the greatest public health challenge in history, that after 25 years the global community makes only faltering efforts toward a global response and that under Mr Benn's leadership DFID has made explicit and very large resource commitments to engaging with HIV/AIDS.

The secretary of state has indicated that he looks forward to answering questions from the audience.

HIV/AIDS: prevention, treatment and care-how will the world deliver universal access by 2010? will be held at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, ground floor, Clement House, LSE, London, WC2A. The event is free and open to all with no ticket required

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes

This event is one of a series of lectures held under the auspices of LSEAIDS and is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID)

Press cuttings

In the pink
Hilary Benn calls for HIV action (1 Dec 06)
Silence is not an option in the battle against HIV and AIDS, the International Development Secretary said last night. Speaking at LSE on the eve of World AIDS Day, Hilary Benn warned that it is unacceptable to ignore the stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV and AIDS while '7,500 people will die of AIDS tomorrow, while 11,000 will be infected with HIV.'

Rainbow Network
Attitudes to AIDS will not change Unless Leaders Do The Right Thing (1 Dec 06)

Belfast Telegraph
The suffering that betrays a world divided (1 Dec 06) 

The Independent
The suffering that betrays a world divided (1 Dec 06)
The British International Development Secretary, Hilary Benn, warned last night that the world may miss its target of providing universal HIV prevention care and treatment by 2010 unless the 'stigma and prejudice' surrounding the disease is tackled. 'We mustn't let our discomfort or prejudice get in the way of saving lives,' he told a lecture at the LSE to mark World Aids Day.

Press Association Newsfile
Government urged to act over global aid crisis (1 Nov 06)

DIFD
World AIDS Day 2006: DFID focuses on tackling stigma and discrimination (1 Nov 06)

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