Thank you for joining our campaign and challenging your local MP candidates to pledge their support for people living with and affected by HIV.
Thousands of prospective MPs have been contacted which couldn’t have been achieved without your support. The general election was a crucial opportunity to raise the profile of HIV so thank you for adding your voice to our campaign.
Caroline Lucas and Harini Iyengar.
Marion Fellows and Marsha de Cordova.
We have come a long way since the 1980s. While stigma and discrimination remain, HIV is now a long term condition and individuals are living with HIV into old age. HIV affects individuals of all ages with 95 per cent of people living with HIV of working age. HIV treatment in the UK is excellent, but not everyone living with HIV is doing well. The number of people diagnosed with HIV each year remains high and far too many people are diagnosed late. Services which help people living with HIV manage their condition are facing continued funding cuts.
We have come so far. We cannot stop now.
Read the HIV manifesto [PDF]
We are calling on the next government to:
- Commit to tackling the stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV.
- Fully fund HIV and sexual health services to meet the needs of local communities.
- Recognise the importance of prevention to a sustainable health and social care system by increasing investment in public health services.
- Equip schools with the resources they need to ensure that high-quality, age-appropriate, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT)-inclusive sex and relationships education is taught to all young people in all schools.
- Make PrEP available to all individuals at risk of HIV in the UK.
- Develop a fair benefits system that meets the needs of people living with HIV whether in or out of work.
- Ensure that the health and social care system is equipped to meet the needs of a population ageing with HIV.
This election involves voting for MPs, in constituencies across the UK, to represent us in the House of Commons. The House of Commons legislates for health and social care, and education, in England only. The devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland legislate in the areas covered by points two, three, five and seven.
We will now be working with MPs and the new government to ensure that these commitments are met.