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.
Events in 2016
Piecing together HIV care since
the Health and Social Care Act
APPG: ‘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’
According to a report launched today by a group of cross-party Parliamentarians on HIV and AIDS, vital services for people living with HIV in the UK are under threat because of changes made under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
On 2nd November Mike Freer MP chaired the launch of the HIV Prevention Innovation Fund. The fund is providing £600,000 to thirteen new innovative local HIV Prevention projects across England.
Speakers included, Public Health and Innovations Minister, Nicola Blackwood MP and the National Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, Professor Kevin Fenton.
On 29th June, young advocates living with HIV came to Parliament to meet with APPG members and discuss their views, concerns and experiences of how HIV impacts on their lives – whether that be in school, university or in the health system. Members of the APPG found the meeting extremely useful.
As replenishment of the Global Fund draws nearer the APPG has been working hard to increase awareness amongst Parliamentarians of the important work the Global Fund does. On 12th July the HIV/AIDS APPG joined with APPGs on TB and Malaria to host a reception with special guest speaker Annie Lennox. The event was a great opportunity to get the important message across that the UK needs to increase its contribution to the Global Fund.
On Wednesday 13th July the APPG held its annual AGM to re-elect officers. To make the most of the opportunity we also decided to hold a roundtable discussion on the recent High Level Meeting in New York with the outgoing Minister Baroness Verma, STOPAIDS, AIDS Alliance, Harm Reduction International and members of the APPG.
Sir Richard Feacham, former Executive Director to the Global Fund accompanied the current Executive Director, Mark Dybul in a joint APPG meeting to discuss with Parliamentarians the importance of the Global Fund’s work. The meeting was a great success, with representatives from key civil society organisations such as STOPAIDS, Results UK and Malaria No More. Most Parliamentarians, by the end of the meeting were in agreement that the UK should pledge £1.2 billion to the Global Fund, now we need to ensure that this message reaches the Government.
On Wednesday 11th May Vice Chair of the APPG Stephen Doughty MP hosted the launch of the HIV Stigma Index UK report. The report was the culmination of 2 years of research and collaboration between Public Health England and the HIV sector lead by the FPA. The APPG formed part of the advisory group to the report and was very pleased to launch it in Parliament last week.
Right to left Mike Freer MP, Mr Festus Moghae, Baroness Barker, Viendra Sharma MP, Makhamokha Mohale Executive Secretary ofthe Champions for an AIDS free generation.
On 22nd March members of the APPG met with the former President of Botswana, His Excellency Mr Festus Moghae to discuss the future of the AIDS response, how we can create sustainability for HIV in the current ODA environment and the role of the UK in ending AIDS by 2030.
The Halve It World AIDS Day event and launch of the APPG on HIV & AIDS inquiry report ‘The HIV Puzzle: Piecing together HIV care since the Health and Social Care Act’
Between 12.00 and 2.00 pm on Monday, 5 December 2016, River Room, House of Lords By kind permission of the Lord Speaker. Strictly invitation only.
STOPAIDS World AIDS Day Conference
2-5pm followed by drinks and canapes 5-7pm at the
Impact Hub (1st Floor New Zealand House 80, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE)
James Wharton MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
9:30am-12pm Parliamentary Drop-In ‘HIV Testing Event and Photo Opportunity’ in the Jubilee Room for Parliamentarians only.
(This event is co-hosted by Mortimer Market who will provide HIV tests and medical expertise)
Also see our afternoon event;
STOPAIDS World AIDS Day Conference 2-5pm followed by drinks and canapes 5-7pm at the Impact Hub (1st Floor New Zealand House 80, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE)
Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS and MP for Finchley & Golders Green, Mike Freer, has said he is pleased that the Court of Appeal has ruled NHS England have the legal power to Commission PrEP.
Following the Court’s decision in May 2016, which ruled NHS England had the powers to fund PrEP, health bosses manoeuvred to block the decision through the Court of Appeal.
£28,536 - £31,274 depending on experience
As Policy Adviser to The All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS you will be responsible for the day-to-day running one of the most active and effective All Party Groups in Parliament. You will have the chance to shape the activities of the group and influence government HIV policy.
On Wednesday 11th May the APPG launched the The People Living with HIV UK Stigma Index report in Parliament. Stephen Doughty MP, Vice Chair of the Group hosted the event which saw more than 2 year’s of collaboration between Public Health England and the HIV community, supported by the FPA. The report outlines in detail the stigma that continues to affect people living with HIV in the UK.
Youth STOPAIDS believe there is nothing more powerful than hearing the true-life experiences of people affected by HIV/AIDS and TB.
That is why every year students from across the globe travel to the UK to speak at different events about their experiences of living with HIV.
The speakers' powerful stories give a unique context to the key issues affecting People Living With HIV throughout the world, particularly access
to affordable and appropriate medical treatment.