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Here at World First we’ve got every reason to observe and support World Aids Day. We were the first company to offer travel insurance cover for people with HIV / AIDS. After a 10 year long fight to get insurers to listen, it was a move that changed the course of our company’s history – and to some extent, the world of medical travel insurance. It was also a personal journey for one of our founders and partners, Suzanne Rothwell, mother of Martin and Tristan Rothwell, who lost lots of friends to the disease. You can read her moving account of it HERE. It’s amazing how attitudes towards HIV / AIDS have changed, but there is still more work to be done.

We still offer HIV travel insurance. Click here for a quote.

Being diagnosed with HIV / AIDS today is very different compared to how it was when Suzanne was fighting to get cover for people with the disease. For a start, it is no longer a death sentence. And attitudes have changed. But there is still more to be done, and some attitudes can make living with the disease really hard.

So it’s time to end HIV stigma.

This year the World Aids Day Team are asking everyone to show solidarity with the campaign on World Aids Day by posting pictures of themselves as they were in the bad old days of the 1970s and 1980s using the hashtag #hivnotretro.

World AIDS Day has been held on the 1st December each year since 1988. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died.

World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK, with an estimated 34 million people globally who have the virus. More than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS since it was first identified in 1984, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK around 6,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.

World AIDS Day is as important as ever this year because it reminds us all that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

For more about World Aids Day and how to show your support, CLICK HERE.

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