Did you know that globally the rate of HIV/AIDS infection among people with disability is three times as high
as it is among people without disability? This year, Australia also saw a 10% increase in the rate of new diagnoses, the largest increase in 20 years
Sunday 1 December was World AIDS Day
, a day of awareness-raising about the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé recently delivered the World AIDS Day 2013 message
and yesterday, PWDA participated in celebrations for World AIDS Day 2013 both in Melbourne
and in Sydney
While the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) both recognise the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, Australia has a long way to go in making these rights a reality.
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, announced this year
that the end of HIV/AIDS was in sight. Yet he adds, “[M]ake no mistake, stigma, denial and complacency are still among us, putting us in danger of failing the next generation. We must join our hearts and our voices––together we are stronger.” Working for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS is key to tackling this issue.