Last night, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS welcomed organisations from across the HIV sector as well as people living with HIV to launch the ‘Whole Person Care’ declaration for HIV. The declaration praises the significant steps that the UK has made to reach the UNAIDS 90:90:90 target but recognises that the UK faces a new challenge of how to ensure that services adapt to the complex and changing needs of people living with HIV, with a particular focus on healthy ageing, good mental health and co-morbidities.
Events in 2017
Events in 2017
On Wednesday, the APPG welcomed STOPAIDS’ policy team to Parliament to present the findings from the organisation’s recent report A Stocktake Review of DFID’s Work on HIV and AIDS. The publication is based on STOPAIDS’ advocacy to support DFID to articulate its priorities within the global HIV response and ensure its current work is sufficient to deliver and coherent with its priorities.
Members of the APPG joined Lord Fowler the Lord Speaker and the National AIDS Trust (NAT) to recognise the enormous contribution that NAT and its supporters have made to mark its thirtieth anniversary.
As Parliament returned after the General Election, members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS met with eight civil society groups to discuss their priorities related to HIV in the new Parliament. There are an estimated 101,300 people living with HIV in the UK and each year 1 million people acquire the virus globally.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS welcomes the Government’s announcement last week of a public inquiry into the acquisition of HIV and other blood-borne viruses through blood and plasma transfusions in the 1970s and 1980s.
The APPG on HIV & AIDS will be holding its inaugural meeting of this Parliament (its Annual General Meeting) on Wednesday 5 July, 13.15-14.00 in Portcullis House.
This meeting is an opportunity for the membership to meet for the first time after the election, elect and reelect officers and accept assets and/or liabilities from its predecessor in the last parliament.
The meeting is for members of the Houses of Commons and Lords. Information about upcoming public events will be made available when it becomes available.
In the wake of the General Election, please find an update on the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS.
As with all APPGs, the Group will now reform and elect officers for the next Parliament. As such, this will impact on the timelines for the Group's other work.
As Parliament has been dissolved there are no Members of Parliament and as such the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS has no status as an APPG until 8 June 2017.
The APPG is prevented from making public comment, holding events, undertaking research or issuing communications, or allowing others to do so in its name. Groups are also strictly prohibited from any sort of campaigning the run-up to the 2017 general election.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS campaigns to keep HIV on the political agenda and its work will continue after the election.
On Thursday 21 April, members of the APPG from both sides of the chamber, joined with Virendra Sharma MP to discuss the challenges facing the development and accessibility of innovation in the fight against infectious diseases globally.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS recognises that a high proportion of people living with HIV live in middle-income countries (MICs) and the vast majority are projected to do so by 2020, coinciding with the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target deadline. In many middle-income countries, key populations and women and girls are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS, yet the Group has heard concerns from civil society that key populations and women and girls are being left behind by services as donor governments withdraw from middle-income countries.
Today, Wednesday 5 April, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS (APPG) welcomed the World Health Organization (WHO) to Parliament in an event co-hosted by STOPAIDS and Equal International. The briefing meeting was related to the growing levels of HIV drug resistance, its causes and its potential impact on countries’ abilities to meet the UNAIDS target of eliminating AIDS by 2030.
Today, the Minister for Public Health, Nicola Blackwood MP, announced a series of measures including the extension of the public health ring-fence until 2019 in response to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS’ report The HIV Puzzle: Piecing together HIV care since the Health and Social Care Act.
Chair of the APPG on HIV & AIDS, Mike Freer MP, held a Westminster Hall Debate today on the APPG’s report The HIV Puzzle on HIV care and treatment.
Today, Baroness Barker, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS, hosted the launch of two reports by the National AIDS Trust (NAT) on HIV support services. The first report outlined the continued value of support services with the second report contextualising this need with data on local authority and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) spend in 2015/16 and 2016/17. The launch of the reports was accompanied by testimony from people living with HIV about the significance of support services in helping at different stages in their care.
Mike Freer, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS has secured a debate in Westminster Hall debate to discuss the findings and recommendations of the Group's 2016 report 'The HIV Puzzle'.
As part of its inquiry into DFID's work into HIV/AIDS, the International Development Committee wrote to the Secretary of State with questions based on the evidence it received during its oral evidence sessions in January 2017. Attached is the response from the Secretary of State, Priti Patel.
On 16 March 2017, during a debate on the UK’s future relationship with the Commonwealth, peers from across all parts of the chamber, highlighted the negative impact that criminalisation and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation can have on meeting the UN’s commitment to ending AIDS by 2030.
40 of the 77 states that criminalise same-sex relationships are in the Commonwealth, and these laws have an immediate impact on the ability of groups most disproportionately affected by HIV on the ability to seek advice, use prevention and access treatment and services.
Yesterday, the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS welcomed over 60 young campaigners from Dublin to Dundee, Brighton to Birmingham to Portcullis House as they urged the UK Government to keep their eye on the ball with the global HIV epidemic.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS welcomes the Government’s amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill making relationships and sex education (RSE) a statutory requirement in all secondary schools. The APPG, working with its partners in civil society, supports the view that RSE is crucial in ensuring that young people are empowered with the knowledge and life skills they will need to develop healthy and supportive relationships and prevent the onward transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
A report launch and opportunity to explore:
• Why HIV support services matter;
• What current access to support people living with HIV have in the UK – with new and exclusive data presented by NAT; and
• What needs to be done to ensure that services necessary to good health outcomes are not lost.
Today, Mike Freer MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS, spoke in the chamber about the need for greater awareness of HIV in the teaching of health and sex education to pupils. Mike noted the success of previous public health campaigns on HIV, notably the Don’t Die of Ignorance campaign of the 1980s, but highlighted that with 44% of new infections occurring in those aged between 18-34, many are unlikely to have seen the adverts and mass media campaigns of previous generations.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS again welcomed the STOPAIDS Speaker Tour to Parliament for the tenth year running to hear more from young people about living with HIV in the UK and around the world.
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What HIV policies would you prioritise in 2017?
Please take 5-10 minutes to fill in our short survey and inform the APPG's advocacy priorities for the coming year. APPG members will be meeting in February to finalise plans for the APPG's work programme for 2017 and would like your input. Please respond no later than 5pm on Friday 3rd February otherwise your feedback may not be taken into consideration.
Tom Addison begins covering Susie Pelly's position as Policy Advisor to the APPG on HIV & AIDS as Susie begins her maternity leave.
Over 70 experts from different sections of the HIV community, joined the Terrence Higgins Trust and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS (APPG on HIV & AIDS) in Westminster to explore the challenges facing those ageing with HIV from a health and social care perspective.