This week I pledged my support for Halve It, a national coalition campaign that aims to halve late diagnosis and undiagnosed HIV in the UK by 2015. At the Halve It World AIDS Day parliamentary drop-in session, I met with key members of the campaign’s steering group, including leading HIV clinicians, and CEOs of patient and policy organisations. I discussed with them Halve It’s aims and achievements to date, and the campaign’s compelling case for HIV to remain a public health priority in the UK.
According to Public Health England data released last week, an estimated 98,400 people were living with HIV in the UK in 2012. The overall prevalence was 1.5 per 1,000 population, and an estimated 21,900 people living with HIV in 2012 were unaware of their infection.
In light of these figures, I believe that HIV should remain a public health priority in the UK, and as a Halve It supporter will advocate for the campaign’s continued work on improving HIV testing and diagnosis.