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World AIDS Day 2002
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World marks Aids Day

Efforts to tackle Aids will not succeed until there is an end to the discrimination against those who are infected, the United Nations has declared on its 15th annual World Aids Day.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said the stigma attached to Aids remained one of the most difficult obstacles to fighting the disease because it suppressed debate. "And when it comes to fighting Aids, silence is death," he said. 

Stigma... isolates people and deprives them of care and support

Peter Piot, UNAids executive director  The human rights organisation Amnesty International echoed Mr Annan, adding that basic human rights were intrinsically linked to battling the spread of HIV - the virus which can lead to Aids.

The latest UN figures show 42 million people are infected with HIV or Aids - five million of them having contracted the virus in the past year alone.


  • Message from Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • Mark Malloch Brown, UNDP Administrator.

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