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.
On Thursday 21 April, members of the APPG from both sides of the chamber, joined with Virendra Sharma MP to discuss the challenges facing the development and accessibility of innovation in the fight against infectious diseases globally.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS recognises that a high proportion of people living with HIV live in middle-income countries (MICs) and the vast majority are projected to do so by 2020, coinciding with the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target deadline. In many middle-income countries, key populations and women and girls are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS, yet the Group has heard concerns from civil society that key populations and women and girls are being left behind by services as donor governments withdraw from middle-income countries.