Today is World AIDS Day – an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.
To mark the event Bradford City Hall will be lit red, the colour of the ribbons worn as symbol of the day.
Cllr Richard Dunbar, said: “We are winning the fight against HIV in the UK, but people living with HIV still face unacceptable levels of discrimination and stigma.
“HIV means you are more likely to live in poverty, and more likely to have poor mental health.
“Whilst progress has been made in the UK, HIV remains a major global public health issue. COVID-19 has presented us with additional challenge in tackling it.
“Today we pay tribute to all those working to provide HIV services and call on leaders and citizens the world over to rally for “global solidarity” to maintain essential HIV services during COVID-19 and beyond.
“We have done lots on this agenda in Bradford District.
“I want to pay tribute to colleagues from Bradford Council, Yorkshire Mesmac, Equity Partnership and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the work they do in tackling this virus.
“In order to reach the global aim of ending new transmissions of HIV by 2030 we must heavily invest in prevention, testing, treatment and care globally even more so in light of COVID.
“The money and resources are there to do this – healthcare is a human right – we shouldn’t be limiting people’s lives based on a pharmaceutical companies profit margins.”