“Its reassuring for constituents to see that their MPs can work on a cross-party issue like HIV/AIDS. The public don’t spend every minute of their lives thinking along party lines and its good from them to know that their MP’s don’t either.”Veronica Oakeshott, Policy Adviser to the APPG on HIV/AIDS
“Our members are calling for MPs to join the APPG on AIDS. It’s a fantastic way to support the fight against AIDS, which affects 33 million people world wide.”Lotti, Coordinator of the Student Stop AIDS Campaign
"The APPG on AIDS is one of the best groups in Parliament. I urge all MPs to join it and support those living with HIV in the UK and abroad."Sir Nick Partridge, Chief Executive THT
The APPG believes it is important that MPs hear the voices of those living with HIV loud and clear. We occasionally give training sessions to groups who want to learn about dealing with parliament, if this is something you would like to ask for, please contact us.
Inviting your MP to visit your organisation
You might like to invite your MP to visit your organisation. Usually this will only be possible on Fridays, or sometimes at the weekend, because of their responsibilities in Westminster. Try not to invite them on other days. They will need lots of notice, because of their busy diaries but it is worth a try!
To find out who your MP is go to www.theyworkforyou.com and put in your postcode.
You should only write to your own MP, unless you want to contact a Minister. Even then, it is better to contact your own MP first.
How do I contact them? Your MP will have a website with contact details, including email address and telephone numbers. All MPs can be contacted at the following postal address:
Name of MP
House of Commons
What can I write to my MP about?
You can either write about a personal issue or a policy issue.
A personal issue
A personal issue might be if you have a problem with a public service locally, for example if you feel you’ve been treated badly by an NHS service.
What result will I get?
Your MP may be able to help rectify the problem, get an explanation for you or ensure it doesn’t happen again.
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The following is not a comprehensive set of links but a few suggestions of places where you can find out more about HIV/AIDS and public policy.
Many of these websites will be able to link you with the full range of HIV organisations and public agencies.
We are not responsible for the content of these sites.
The Group publishes regular updates for its Members about HIV discussions in or outside Parliament, whilst Parliament is sitting.
You can read a selection of old editions below.
If you would to receive regular updates from the APPG please send an email including your name and email address to:
Download report as a pdf file [626 Kb]
Progress on the Implementation of DFID's HIV/AIDS Strategy: International Development Select Committee Report
The International Development Committee has called for greater clarity in DFID's spending plans on HIV and AIDS. In a report released on World AIDS Day they said:
David Burrowes (Con): What assessment he has made of the effect of recent political developments in South Africa on policy to tackle HIV/AIDS in southern Africa.
Mr. Russell Brown (Dumfries and Galloway) (Lab): What recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on global efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Brian Iddon (Bolton, South-East) (Lab):I understand that my hon. Friend was in Vienna recently, at the United Nations General Assembly special session on the misuse of drugs. Will he tell us what position Britain took at that assembly, and what the general outcome of it was?
Lord Cobbald: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any changes to their drugs policies following the United Nations high-level drugs conference in Vienna in March.
Baroness Tonge: My Lords, the Minister will know that failed asylum seekers are treated for tuberculosis without charge. However, does she acknowledge that failed asylum seekers with diabetes or HIV/AIDS have to pay for their treatment, yet they are at a much greater risk of contracting TB clinically and most live in the unsanitary conditions that lead to TB infection in individuals? Will the Government reconsider their refusal to give free NHS care to these very vulnerable people?
Lord Patel: My Lords, what policies do the Government have to prevent transmission of infections to haemophiliacs via blood products?
Mark Durkan (Foyle) (SDLP): I welcome the Minister's indication that the cholera outbreak is under control, but what is his assessment of the situation in Zimbabwe in respect of HIV/AIDS, a problem that was callously and deliberately neglected by the Mugabe Administration?
Dr Iddon (Lab): Why has my right hon. Friend rejected Lord Archer’s recommendation that patients who have contracted the hepatitis C virus from contaminated blood should receive the same compensation as those who contracted HIV from contaminated blood, as in the Irish Republic and several other countries?
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.
Please note that for local or individual problems, it is usually more appropriate to contact your own MP directly.
There is a Parliamentary convention that MPs must deal only with their own constituents. The Group cannot deal with individual issues which should be taken up by your own MP.
Membership of All-Party Parliamentary Groups is explicitly restricted to members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
If you would like to become a member please email the Group’s adviser.
There is a cross party executive committee of Members who run the Group and are responsible for overseeing its work.