People with HIV still experience discrimination

Galway Advertiser, July 04, 2013. By Mary O’Connor

People with HIV continue to experience stigma, discrimination and isolation, according to the manager of AIDS West.

John Flannery’s comments came as the organisation marked Irish AIDS day recently by taking to the streets distributing red ribbons to the public. These were used to show solidarity with people living with HIV and in memory of those who have died from the virus. A large red ribbon was on display at many iconic sites throughout the city.

This special day began more 20 years ago when Ireland was “a bit of a backwater” compared to most other European countries when it came to the whole area of sex, he said.

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