The awareness-raising we and many others have been doing this week is truly crucial in the fight against HIV: because the stigma that surrounds the infection, and that at least one of our celebrity ambassadors has noticed on social media in this last week, drives a reluctance to test which actively promotes the continued spread of HIV.
It's very simple: ignorance perpetuates stigma and stigma kills. In making the latest in a long series of ill-informed pronouncements, Nigel Farage seems to hark back to a dark period of history which we are all much better off leaving behind.
The next piece to the HIV puzzle in many ways, is about changing public perceptions. Out-of-date and negative attitudes to HIV can dissuade people from testing - and that's why one in four of those with HIV in the UK are not aware of their status. That's a really dangerous statistic.
I'm here in Paris a few days out from the symposium being held at the Institut Pasteur to mark the 30th anniversary of the discovery of HIV... I do not think we can underestimate the degree to which science has so significantly shifted the direction of an epidemic - HIV science has provided lessons for all of us working in the field but also for many of those working in other branches of medicine. As many of my colleagues will undoubtedly reiterate over the coming days, the role of HIV science in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic has also changed forever the way in which we deal with global health.
The past few days have certainly confirmed to us all that work around TasP is moving quickly, now that we have the knowledge that starting anti-retroviral treatment early after being infected decreases infectiousness by up to 96%.
Overseas visitors to Britain are to be offered free HIV treatment on the NHS for the first time. Ministers are backing calls
I realised that none of the issues I have in life have nothing to do with my HIV status. It's all the other normal stuff that affect each and everyone of us in everyday life and none of it could I attribute to a tiny virus thats in my blood. One that I have to live with for the rest of my life so I can let it destroy me or use it to my advantage and get on with my destiny in life.
We all like to believe that history is progress; that things get better, that we learn as we go on. Well, this World AIDS Day, we can see that it isn't always so. 25 years on from those huge tombstone ads saying "Don't Die Of Ignorance", some people are still dying in the UK because they don't get tested for HIV till it's too late. And people are still getting HIV through ignorance of their personal risk.
I can't quite claim a full three decades with HIV. It was in 1984 that I turned up at a clinic with a crop of throat ulcers so impressive the doctor had a photo taken. In retrospect, they were my first HIV symptom.
The story of HIV drug development probably represents the greatest medical success story of our generation. For approximately five years, no medication existed for the treatment of HIV.