HIV Innovation Fund Launch Event
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS today hosted a parliamentary event to mark the launch of the HIV Prevention Innovation Fund on the 18th November in the Houses of Parliament. The event was hosted by Mike Freer MP, Chair of the APPG on HIV and AIDS with contributions from Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison MP and Owen Brigstock-Barron Public Health England.
The fund is providing £500,000 to seven new innovative local prevention projects. Ahead of the launch Mike Freer MP said “Progress has been made to raise awareness of HIV transmission routes but we cannot afford to be complacent. There are still significant numbers of people engaging in activities that place them at risk of HIV infection and new infections amongst some key populations is increasing. We must innovate to ensure that prevention initiatives are effective and HIV prevention messages reach those most at risk. The launch of the HIV Prevention Innovation Fund is a welcome step towards achieving zero new infections”.
The launch event also included the publication of Public Health England’s HIV in the UK 2015 Report (Part 2) and an announcement on the first National HIV Self Sampling Service which aims to deliver up to 50,000 HIV home sampling kits annually across England.
Notes to editors:
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS is a backbench cross-party group of MPs and Peers in the UK Parliament promoting evidence based policies to improve the response to HIV and AIDS. The group is one of the longest running all party groups, established almost 30 years ago. It has a reputation as one of the most effective and respected groups with a track record of advancing the needs of those living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.
• It is estimated that there were approximately 103,700 people living with HIV in the UK in 2014.
• Around 17% of people living with HIV in the UK are unaware of their status.
• There were an estimated 6,151 new HIV diagnoses in the UK in 2014 compared to 6,000 in 2013.
• 40% of new infections were diagnosed late. People diagnosed late have a ten-fold increased risk of death within 12 months.
• There were 530 HIV related deaths in the UK in 2013.
• An estimated 3,360 men who have sex with men (MSM) acquired HIV in 2014 compared to a decade long annual average of 2,600.