Ban urges intensification of efforts to consign HIV/AIDS to the pages of history

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World AIDS Day, 1 December

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Member States to intensify their efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission, and to work to ensure all HIV-positive mothers can survive and thrive.

In a message marking World AIDS Day, the Secretary-General noted that half the global reductions in new HIV infections in the last two years have been among new-born babies.

He also urged stronger efforts to eliminate the stigma and discrimination that increase risk for vulnerable populations.

He pointed to the Report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law: "Risks, Rights and Health" which emphasizes how outmoded laws, misguided judiciary systems and punitive policing practices – based not on science but on fear and prejudice – fuel the epidemic.

He called for information, testing and treatment to be made available to all, so every man, woman and child can enjoy their fundamental right to the medical care and essential services that will end this devastating epidemic.

Secretary-General Ban says Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths by 2015 are achievable.

And he concludes that on this World AIDS Day, let us commit to build on and amplify the encouraging successes of recent years to consign HIV/AIDS to the pages of history.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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