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    Over 90,000 people are living with HIV in the UK and new infections continue every year. World AIDS Day 2010 is all about raising awareness to tackle HIV prejudice and help stop the spread of HIV.

    Explore this site to ensure you understand the facts about HIV and find out what you can do to ACT AWARE. Make a pledge and join people all over the world making a difference on 1 December 2010.

    Having been at the forefront of the battle against HIV and AIDS since the beginning, I have watched attitudes toward the disease change dramatically over the years.

    From fear and conflict in the 1980s, to relief and hope in 1996 as new and effective therapies were discovered and introduced at the Vancouver International AIDS Conference, to acceptance and resilience as people learned to live with HIV and lead productive lives in the last decade.

    Today, however, on World AIDS Day 2010, there are new disturbing attitudes emerging toward HIV/AIDS ó complacency and disregard. There is a sense that HIV/AIDS is no longer a problem, the data are in, the treatment and prevention strategy appear to be working; letís move on to the next agenda item.

    However, we have not yet won the battle against HIV and AIDS, so this pervasive attitude threatens to undo many of the gains to date. Data released by the Public Health Agency of Canada this week clearly demonstrate there is a wide-ranging domestic HIV epidemic. In fact, new HIV infections in Canada in 2007, 2008 and 2009 were higher than the number of new infections in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

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