Remember this article where we mentioned that thousands of people with HIV have been left struggling in poverty by the Government’s welfare reforms? (Some people can’t even afford basic food which is need to take with HIV medicines).
In that, we shared the Terrence Higgins Trust report on HIV and Poverty, it’s worth a read, click here for your copy of the report. It’s based on evidence gathered from the THT’s Hardship Fund and The Food Chain.
The factors that push people into poverty are varied and complex. Having HIV can contribute to a deteriorating financial situation. In turn financial hardship can lead to more significant health problems for those living with HIV.
Local councils, including Leicester City and Leicestershire County councils have a responsibility for the health and wellbeing of the people in their community. It is vital that they know about the needs of people living with HIV in our area so that they can factor them into their strategies for health and support. They need our support, otherwise how can they plan their budgets effectively if we don’t inform them of the issues we face locally?
You can help raise awareness by emailing your Cabinet Member for Health to tell them about the HIV and Poverty Report and ask them whether the needs of people living with HIV are a part of their planned health and support services.
The Terrence Higgins Trust have created a simple email which you can send to your Cabinet Member for Health. Simply complete your details an email will be generated which you can customise before sending.
So before you click away and read another post, or share this to your networks.. ask yourself, “What can I do“? – You can click here and email your local Cabinet Member for Health! We encourage you do so.
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