The minister for Public Health Anne Milton MP, has agreed to publish a new Sexual Health Strategy to replace the existing out-dated strategy drawn up on 2001. The announcement came after David Cairns MP, Chair of the APPG, called on the Government to look to Scotland, which has a brand new HIV strategy, and consider whether England should do likewise.
The APPG has ensured that HIV is part of the government’s new Public Health strategy and that there will be an increased focus on reducing undiagnosed HIV in the years to come.
David Cairns MP, Chair of the APPG on HIV and AIDS, said
“It was not clear that HIV was even going to get a mention in the Public Health White Paper, but we have been arguing non-stop to ensure it was recognised as one of today’s key public health challenges.
MPs braved the snow and took to the football pitch today, the day before World AIDS Day, against a UN team, to highlight the campaign to end Mother to Child transmission of HIV by 2015. They were awarded for their efforts with a commitment from Government to back the campaign.
The Parliamentary Football Club played a team from the UN who have travelled from the Netherlands as part of the S’porting Lives UK Football Tour 2010 to raise awareness about HIV.