APPG members join with the Lord Speaker to celebrate the National AIDS Trust’s 30th anniversary
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.
NAT was founded October 1987 as a non-government organisation by the Department of Health, in order to deal with the escalating concern with HIV and AIDS nationally. NAT is now an independent policy and campaigning charity, working to improve the national response to HIV through policy development, expertise and the provision of practical resources. Recent successes have included universal free treatment for everyone living with HIV in the UK, changing policy on gay men donating blood in line with the most current evidence and the legal challenge to ensure that PrEP was made available across England as part of the Department of Health’s responsibility to commission specialist treatments.
Opening the event, Deborah Gold, CEO of the National AIDS Trust, noted ‘'From the very first parliamentary and public responses to the AIDS epidemic of the late 1980s, to the emerging challenges of long-term care for older people living with HIV, the National AIDS Trust has been at the heart of the HIV response in the UK. Our thirtieth anniversary has been a sobering opportunity to reflect on where we’ve come from, but also to identify the need for renewed vigour from all, if we want to end stigma and the growth of the HIV epidemic within the next 30 years.'
Recognising the contribution NAT has made during its 30 year life, Stephen Doughty MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS said ‘the National AIDS Trust has been at the heart of the UK’s HIV and AIDS response since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the late 80s. NAT and its supporters have never waivered in their commitment to endorsing policy positions that are supported by the latest evidence and are resolutely grounded in ensuring the rights and dignity of people living with HIV’.