Putting HIV support services back on the commissioning map

National AIDS Trust (NAT)

Tuesday 21th March 2017

Committee Room, House of Commons

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.

Support services for people living with HIV are vital to HIV care. These specialist services, which cover a wide range of needs, are an essential, safe and understanding source of support – support which ultimately leads to better health outcomes.  But, without a clear commissioning home for them since the introduction of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, austerity has led to significant cuts and sometimes total de-commissioning of these services.
‘The sad fact is that people [living with HIV] are being denied the right to vital services which could lead to a significant public health failure in the not so distant future.’ The HIV Puzzle, published by the APPG on HIV & AIDS December 2016.

Report launch: As part of this event NAT will launch two new reports on the evidence and policy base for providing support services and exclusive data on what HIV support services are actually being commissioned across the UK - based on over 250 Freedom of Information requests, this will be the first opportunity to see how access varies across the UK and to explore the implications of this.

Spaces are limited.  To secure your place, please register for this event here (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/putting-hiv-support-services-back-on-the-...)