2005-05-03-Students form human Aids ribbon

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2005-05-03-Students form human Aids ribbon


Students in Oxford have formed a human Aids ribbon on a busy shopping street to highlight the lack of access to drugs and treatment.

They were on Cornmarket at 1657 BST - "three to five" - on Tuesday to remind the government of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) "3 by 5" goal.

The aim is for three million people with HIV to get anti-retroviral drugs by the end of 2005.

The organisers say a lot more has to be done for this target to be met.

But the campaign group "People and Planet", which is behind the protest, also claims the WHO's target only represents half of those in need of urgent treatment.

It says Aids claims more lives than the tsunami every month, with 8,500 people dying because of the disease every day.

Anti-retroviral drugs help to stop the spread of HIV and can prolong a patient's life by 20 or more years.

Campaigner Chris Fullerton said: "Britain has immense power to put treatment and care for people living with HIV/Aids at the top of the international agenda this year.

"We have presidency of the EU and are hosting the G8 summit in July.

"We hope our action today will remind politicians that anything less than the target of three million people on HIV-treatment by the end of this year is not enough.

"Each unnecessary death is a family torn apart and a community undermined."

The students are also planning to take their protest to Scotland in July for the G8 summit.

 


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