Events in 2017

Events in 2017

New and existing members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS meet with civil society groups

As Parliament returned after the General Election, members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS met with eight civil society groups to discuss their priorities related to HIV in the new Parliament. There are an estimated 101,300 people living with HIV in the UK and each year 1 million people acquire the virus globally.

APPG on HIV & AIDS Annual General Meeting

The APPG on HIV & AIDS will be holding its inaugural meeting of this Parliament (its Annual General Meeting) on Wednesday 5 July, 13.15-14.00 in Portcullis House.

This meeting is an opportunity for the membership to meet for the first time after the election, elect and reelect officers and accept assets and/or liabilities from its predecessor in the last parliament.

The meeting is for members of the Houses of Commons and Lords. Information about upcoming public events will be made available when it becomes available.

Purdah update from APPG on HIV & AIDS

As Parliament has been dissolved there are no Members of Parliament and as such the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS has no status as an APPG until 8 June 2017.

The APPG is prevented from making public comment, holding events, undertaking research or issuing communications, or allowing others to do so in its name. Groups are also strictly prohibited from any sort of campaigning the run-up to the 2017 general election.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS campaigns to keep HIV on the political agenda and its work will continue after the election.

Call for evidence for APPG inquiry on key populations and women and girls in middle-income and transitioning countries

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.

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.

2017 APPG on HIV & AIDS stakeholder survey

Tell us what you think!

What HIV policies would you prioritise in 2017?

Please take 5-10 minutes to fill in our short survey and inform the APPG's advocacy priorities for the coming year. APPG members will be meeting in February to finalise plans for the APPG's work programme for 2017 and would like your input. Please respond no later than 5pm on Friday 3rd February otherwise your feedback may not be taken into consideration.