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The first of this month marked the 25th World AIDS Day, a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the illness. Aiming to spread positive messages of scientific breakthroughs in treatment, the 1st of December also signifies to the public and the British government that the fight against HIV is far from over.

AIDS has resulted in the death of more than 25 million people worldwide from 1987 to 2007, but it is less on the political and media agenda than it was in the past. David Cameron has stated that almost 25,000 people in the UK who have the HIV virus are not even aware of having been inflicted with it.

Symbolised with a red ribbon, players from Liverpool FC showed their support for World AIDS Day at the pitch in Anfield to help raise awareness about HIV. During half time of their match against Southampton on Saturday, a 49 metre red ribbon was unveiled, showcasing the need to raise awareness at home about the disease.

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