The National AIDS Trust (NAT) has spoken out – urging politicians to talk about HIV in the run up to May’s local elections.
With over 32,000 living with HIV across London’s 32 boroughs, and an estimated 100,000 across the UK, NAT is asking politicians to promise to actively invest in the commissioning of local support services for those living with HIV, and in prevention work to help stem the rising number of new HIV infections.
Yusef Azad, director of policy and campaigns at NAT, said:
“Failing to invest in HIV prevention and testing would seriously harm public health and will cost local councils and the NHS in the long term.
“The May 2014 elections will be the first to take place since local authorities regained responsibility for public health – now councillors and political groups in London can make a lasting difference to the lives of people with HIV, those at a higher risk of contracting the virus and the generations to come.”
beyondpositive urges all readers to ask their local political candidates what their position is on investing in HIV support services and HIV prevention work.