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Charities unite in opposition to cuts in HIV support services

Charities unite in opposition to cuts in HIV support services

HIV charities have partnered with health professional bodies, British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), and British HIV Association to launch a national campaign opposing cuts to HIV services across the country.

Support People with HIV: Stop the Cuts has launched in response to the number of local authorities pulling from HIV support services. Charities involved include Terrence Higgins Trust, National AIDS Trust, British HIV Association, and METRO.

The campaign has written to Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt. calling for a meeting to discuss the impact of these cuts, demand effective commissioning, adequate funding, and access to support services for all people living with HIV. It also appeals to members of the public to take an e-action to show their support by writing to their local council leader to ask what the council is doing to support local people living with HIV.

Yusef Azad, director of strategy, National Aids Trust said:

“HIV support services can be the only place where people are open about their status, the only places they can find advice and support, the only place they can talk to other people with HIV. They are an essential component of the long-term care of people with HIV. To remove them would leave a lot of vulnerable people stranded.”

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.

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