APPG in the media

Pink New: Wednesday 26 November 2014
Scott Roberts

David Cameron backs National HIV Testing Week at PMQs

Prime Minister David Cameron has given his backing to National HIV Testing Week.

Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown and Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for HIV and AIDS, raised the matter at today’s PMQs.

Mr Kirby said: “Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister won’t be surprised that I will be marking World AIDS Day on Monday in Brighton, but will he join with me in encouraging people this week, National HIV Testing Week, to come forward and have regular tests?”

The Guardian: Monday 1 December 2014
Sarah Boseley, health editor

Millions of people with HIV die because they cannot get access to Aids drugs, according to a cross-party group of MPs


As of this summer, 13.6 million people were taking combinations of antiretroviral drugs that keep HIV levels so low in the blood that people stay well and do not infect others.

But, says the all-party parliamentary group on HIV and Aids, that means two-thirds of adults with HIV, and three-quarters of the children, are not on treatment.

Progress News: Monday 1 December 2014
Pamela Nash MP

A chance to create an Aids-free generation


On World Aids Day we remember the 39 million people who have already tragically lost their lives to Aids. Fortunately, treatment now exists so that contracting HIV does not mean a death sentence, at least in this country and the majority of the developed world. However, in far too many places treatment still remains out of reach for far too many people. Last year 1.5 million people died of Aids. That figure is unacceptable. HIV is a lifelong manageable condition and should not be leading to premature deaths in the millions.

‘Access Denied’, a report launched today by the all party parliamentary group on HIV and Aids, highlights this modern tragedy of epic proportions: that in a world where treatment exists and where a person with HIV can live a long and healthy life, millions are still dying as they cannot access this treatment. It is a stark warning to governments, including the United Kingdom’s, that if we fail to address the barriers to access we will ultimately lose the battle to control and end the epidemic.

The Independent: Sunday 15 June 2014
Jeremy Laurance

The biggest obstacle to tackling HIV is prejudice, says Norman Fowler

The former Tory health minister and architect of the 1980s 'Don't die of ignorance' campaign presents a call to arms to fund prevention programmes. So are you listening, David Cameron?

Worldwide, 35 million people are living with HIV. Of these, 18 million don't know they are infected. Not surprisingly, there are a staggering 2.5 million new infections and 1.5 million deaths every year. Since the beginning of the HIV pandemic in 1981, 36 million people have died of the disease."

The Independent: Sunday 15th June 2014
Jeremy Laurance

Aids: Don't die of prejudice by Norman Fowler, book review: All a splutter in the shires

"It is Norman Fowler's distinction that he was the longest serving Health Secretary since the Second World War, having held the post for six years from 1981 to 1987. This was when Aids emerged as a global threat and developed into the worst pandemic of modern times.

His survival was remarkable given the turbulent times in the NHS as the money ran out – much like today. His successor, John Moores, lasted a year before being sacked by Mrs Thatcher, who six months later announced the biggest reform in the NHS's history, ushering in the market and competition that remains controversial today."

The Observer: Sunday 8th June 2014
Norman Fowler

HIV remains a global health problem, thanks to ignorance and prejudice

"18 million people have undiagnosed HIV, and it's no surprise given attitudes in countries such as Russia and Nigeria

Are we winning the battle against HIV and Aids around the world? It would be a very brave man who said with certainty that we were. In spite of the reassuring words of some politicians, the position is that worldwide there are still more than 1.5 million deaths from Aids every year and about 2.3 million new infections. But the worst, and most shocking, figures are the following."

Pink News: 4th June 2014
Scott Roberts

Lord Fowler: Fight against HIV going backwards because of anti-gay laws

"Former Health Secretary Lord Fowler says the fight against HIV is "going backwards" because of anti-gay laws in many parts of the world.

Lord Fowler, who served as Margaret Thatcher's Health Secretary until 1987, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "The real problem is that you have got 35 million people living with HIV in the world today, but half of those don't know they have the infection."

Pink News: 24th February 2014
Scott Roberts

EU foreign policy chief slams Ugandan President for signing 'draconian' anti-gay law

"EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton has condemned the President of Uganda for signing the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, describing the move as "draconian".

President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill in front of politicians and reporters on Monday at 1.54pm (10.54am GMT) at State House, his official residence in Entebbe.

He blamed the West over his decision to sign the bill."

Pink News: 3rd April, 2014
Scott Roberts

Former prisons minister: It's 'disgraceful' how the UK Border Agency has handled LGBT asylum cases over the years

"Conservative MP Crispin Blunt and Labour MP Pamela Nash have strongly criticised the Home Office over its handling of LGBT asylum cases.

Yesterday, during a House of Commons debate on how the UK should promote LGBT rights in Uganda, Ms Nash commented on the case of a lesbian asylum seeker who was deported to Uganda last year."


Progress Online: 17th October 2013
Pamela Nash MP

Fighting to keep HIV and AIDS on the global agenda

"HIV and AIDS has been the major health threat of the last few decades, affecting around 75 million people since the start of the epidemic and continuing to affect around 35.3 million people today. For the most part the global response has been a success story. Eight million people in low- and middle-income countries are now accessing HIV treatment, compared to just 400,000 in 2003. However, these successes must be put into perspective.

DailyMirror: 10th October, 2013
By Tom McTague

Theresa May NHS immigration proposals could cost millions and help spread HIV

"Theresa May has been warned her immigration crackdown could cost the NHS millions – and help to spread HIV.

The Home Secretary announced proposals to deny NHS treatment to illegal immigrants. But the British Medical Association raised fears the move will see migrants avoiding doctors surgeries until they get more serious problems and spread disease,
costing the health service millions of pounds more."