UK MEPs have called on the European Union to intensify efforts to curb the HIV epidemic ahead of Saturday’s World AIDS Day.
In a statement released on Friday, Baroness Sarah Ludford, Liberal Democrat MEP for London and vice chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats said there is still “much to be done to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout Europe and worldwide, and to tackle the stigmatisation and discrimination which affects people living with the disease”.
Commenting on the figures, Labour MEP Michael Cashman said: “News that the UK has hit its highest-ever diagnosis of HIV/AIDS among gay men reminds us that we should not be silent or, worse still, complacent, if we want to achieve an AIDS-free world.
“The European Union has always been at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS,” Mr Cashman said.
“In the European Parliament, we keep advocating for more commitments to be made by governments and international organisations to the fight against HIV/AIDS.”
The MEP added: “European governments must stand up against the discrimination that people living with HIV/AIDS are faced with”.
Today, in an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Jean-Luc Romero, France’s first ever politician to be open about being HIV positive urged the European Commission to play a greater role in reducing infection rates across the union.
“I think the European Commission could do a lot more concerning certain issues, especially access to treatments, risk reduction policy,” Mr Romero said. “Yes, definitely, the European Commission could be more present in the big debates.”