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Petitioning Director-General BBC Tony Hall and 2 others

Allow BBC presenters to wear the red ribbon in support of HIV/Aids awareness.

I was shocked to learn the BBC reprimanded Graham Norton for wearing the red ribbon on his show on 29th November. See here http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/dec/10/graham-norton-bbc-aids-ribbon-jeremy-clarkson 

Far from being reprimanded, Graham Norton should be applauded for raising awareness of HIV/Aids.

By the end of 2012, around 98,400 people were living with HIV in the UK. This includes around 77,610 people diagnosed with HIV and 21,900 who were undiagnosed, and therefore unaware they are infected.

Of these, just under half (47%) of these were diagnosed at a late stage of HIV infection, when they should have already received treatment.

The BBC should be encouraging awareness of HIV/Aids through its programming and presenters. Reprimanding presenters for wearing the red ribbon sends the wrong message, at a time when people should be encouraged to get tested.

Letter to
Director-General BBC Tony Hall
Director, Strategy & Digital BBC James Purnell
Acting Head of Press & Media Relations Gavin Dawson
Allow BBC presenters to wear the red ribbon in support of HIV/Aids awareness.