UK Government should support international effort to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS.

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Dear William

2011 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS (New York, 8-10 June 2011)

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has issued the attached statement on HIV/AIDS which the TUC fully supports, ahead of the 2011 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS to be held in New York from 8 to10 June 2011. I would welcome the British Government's support for the main demands in the ITUC statement, which are:

recognition that HIV/AIDS continues to be a global emergency challenging human rights and dignity and threatens development and social cohesion;

recognition that the ability of people to protect themselves from HIV, especially women and girls, is compromised by unequal legal, economic and social status;

elimination of stigma and discrimination on the basis of real or perceived HIV status in recruitment, employment and occupation;

increased access to prevention services through workplace HIV service delivery, including workplace peer education; and,

scaling up social protection strategies and access to treatment, care and support through workplace HIV/AIDS service delivery.

The TUC should also like to stress the importance of explicit reference in the HLM outcome document to the ILO HIV and AIDS Recommendation (R200) adopted at the International Labour Conference in June 2010, and which was backed by the British Government.

I look forward to hearing from you on the UK position and contribution to the HLM.

Yours sincerely

BRENDAN BARBER

General Secretary

Briefing
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