March 2017

World Health Organization briefing on HIV Drug Resistance

Today, Wednesday 5 April, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS (APPG) welcomed the World Health Organization (WHO) to Parliament in an event co-hosted by STOPAIDS and Equal International. The briefing meeting was related to the growing levels of HIV drug resistance, its causes and its potential impact on countries’ abilities to meet the UNAIDS target of eliminating AIDS by 2030.

Government announces new measures to piece together HIV care in light of APPG debate on The HIV Puzzle

Today, the Minister for Public Health, Nicola Blackwood MP, announced a series of measures including the extension of the public health ring-fence until 2019 in response to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS’ report The HIV Puzzle: Piecing together HIV care since the Health and Social Care Act.

Chair of the APPG on HIV & AIDS, Mike Freer MP, held a Westminster Hall Debate today on the APPG’s report The HIV Puzzle on HIV care and treatment.

APPG welcomes NAT to Parliament to launch its reports on HIV support services and commissioning across the UK

Today, Baroness Barker, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS, hosted the launch of two reports by the National AIDS Trust (NAT) on HIV support services. The first report outlined the continued value of support services with the second report contextualising this need with data on local authority and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) spend in 2015/16 and 2016/17. The launch of the reports was accompanied by testimony from people living with HIV about the significance of support services in helping at different stages in their care.

Secretary of State for International Development response to the International Development Committee's inquiry into DFID's work on HIV/AIDS

As part of its inquiry into DFID's work into HIV/AIDS, the International Development Committee wrote to the Secretary of State with questions based on the evidence it received during its oral evidence sessions in January 2017. Attached is the response from the Secretary of State, Priti Patel.

Peers use debate on the UK’s upcoming role as chair of the Commonwealth to highlight the impact of inequality on meeting the United Nations Political Declaration on Ending AIDS

On 16 March 2017, during a debate on the UK’s future relationship with the Commonwealth, peers from across all parts of the chamber, highlighted the negative impact that criminalisation and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation can have on meeting the UN’s commitment to ending AIDS by 2030.

40 of the 77 states that criminalise same-sex relationships are in the Commonwealth, and these laws have an immediate impact on the ability of groups most disproportionately affected by HIV on the ability to seek advice, use prevention and access treatment and services.

APPG on HIV & AIDS welcomes Government announcement to introduce statutory SRE in all schools in England and Wales

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS welcomes the Government’s amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill making relationships and sex education (RSE) a statutory requirement in all secondary schools. The APPG, working with its partners in civil society, supports the view that RSE is crucial in ensuring that young people are empowered with the knowledge and life skills they will need to develop healthy and supportive relationships and prevent the onward transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS seeks further Government engagement on HIV awareness as part of PSHE in schools

Today, Mike Freer MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS, spoke in the chamber about the need for greater awareness of HIV in the teaching of health and sex education to pupils. Mike noted the success of previous public health campaigns on HIV, notably the Don’t Die of Ignorance campaign of the 1980s, but highlighted that with 44% of new infections occurring in those aged between 18-34, many are unlikely to have seen the adverts and mass media campaigns of previous generations.