By John Smith • 01 December 2017 • 12:06
Princess Marie-Louise founder of Concordia in Orange Square today
TODAY, Friday (December 1) is World AIDS Day and communities are reminding the public and government s that HIV/AIDS has not gone away.
In Marbella, representatives of Concordia the local AIDS charity were invited by the council to hand out information to those passing through Orange Square.
Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition, but there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
Young people in Spain are more at risk of catching HIV/AIDS than ever through unprotected sex and Concordia Marbella (http://www.concordiamarbella.com) is reaching out to schools to try to explain the dangers to young male and female students.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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