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.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS is a backbench cross-Party group of MPs and Peers in the UK Parliament at Westminster.
MPs and Peers who have joined the Group have done so because we are concerned about both the devastation that HIV and AIDS are causing in developing countries and about their impact here in the UK including in our constituencies.
There are almost 37 million people in the world living with HIV, the majority of whom still cannot get access to life-saving treatment. Here in the UK there are over 100,000 people living with HIV, thousands of whom are still undiagnosed. Until they know about their infection, they too cannot benefit from 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'.