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Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging voluntary organisations to apply for national funding to support innovative HIV projects across England.

An estimated 103,700 people in the UK have HIV with a sixth (18,100) unaware and at risk of unknowingly passing it on to others.

The risk of infection is higher in certain groups of the population; gay and bisexual men and Black African communities. However, targeted and innovative local initiatives can reduce the risk of people contracting or passing on HIV.

Public Health England (PHE) has announced an HIV Prevention Innovation Fund for 2016/17 of up to £600,000, for local HIV prevention initiatives. Proposals are particularly welcomed that tackle:

  • Diagnosis for both HIV and other sexually transmitted infections;
  • Stigma associated with HIV;
  • Other risky behaviours that can increase risk of contracting HIV such as drug and alcohol misuse;
  • The integration of HIV prevention into wider sexual and reproductive health.

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said:

“Stopping the spread of HIV remains a priority for the UK government.

“We are already seeing some exciting prospects develop from last year’s fund and I am looking forward to seeing more creativity and innovation this time round.”

Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England said;

“Our work with local partners is essential in fighting the rates of HIV in this country, which are still rising among certain groups.

“The fund represents an opportunity for local areas to further benefit from national support and I hope to see a range of applications, showcasing creative local solutions to a longstanding public health issue.”

The application phase for the new National HIV prevention innovation fund opens on Tuesday 10 May, running until Thursday 16 June 2016. Applications are encouraged from voluntary sector organisations, supported by their local authority, for projects that target groups at high risk. The total available fund for 2016/17 is up to £600,000. Those interested in the fund are asked to register at hiv.prevention@phe.gov.uk

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