Today is World Aids Day – marking 40 years since the first diagnosed cases of HIV in Britain.
We remember the 33 million people who’ve lost their lives to HIV-Aids, and those who fought for the right to healthcare.
New cases of HIV in Wales are on a downward trajectory, and I’m proud that our Welsh Labour Government are working tirelessly with partners to ensure that this downward trend continues. Last year, Cardiff became a Fast-Track City – a scheme working to end new transmissions of HIV by 2030. PrEP is offered routinely in Wales and the Welsh Government are continuing to eliminate HIV by providing access to innovative new treatments. From today, Cabotegravir and Rilpisvirine – the first long-acting injectable treatment for HIV – will also be available.
We all have a part to play in ending the stigma around the disease by spreading the message that people with effective treatment for HIV #CantPassItOn.