Swiss Aids Federation combats discrimination

A series of events has taken place throughout Switzerland to mark World Aids Day, focusing in particular against discrimination of those suffering from the disease.

This content was published on December 1, 2008 - 20:12

The Swiss Aids Federation on Monday called for solidarity with those people suffering from Aids or infected with the HIV virus.

It noted that negative reaction often came from employers, work colleagues, friends and even members of the family.

According to the federation, about 25,000 people in Switzerland are HIV positive or have Aids. Additionally, two people are daily diagnosed as HIV positive.

The United Nations Aids programme, UNAids, notes that around 33 million people are infected around the world, with numbers rising by 7,500 per day.

In a related development, the UN has announced that Michel Sidibé from Mali will be the next executive director of UNAids, based in Geneva.

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