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National HIV Manifesto & Leicester Halve It Pledge

Join us in challenging local candidates to pledge their support for people living with and affected by hiv. The general election is a crucial opportunity to raise the profile of HIV; please add your voice to our campaign.

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% 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.

WE ARE CALLING ON THE NEXT GOVERNMENT TO:

  1. Commit to tackling the stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV.
  2. Fully fund HIV and sexual health services to meet the needs of local communities.
  3. Recognise the importance of prevention to a sustainable health and social care system by increasing investment in public health services.
  4. 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.
  5. Make PrEP available to all individuals at risk of HIV in the UK.
  6. Develop a fair benefits system that meets the needs of people living with HIV whether in or out of work.
  7. Ensure that the health and social care system is equipped to meet the needs of a population ageing with HIV.

TAKE ACTION NOW

It’s time to pile on the pressure; will your local candidates stand with people affected by HIV? There are some easy ways you can help put HIV on the agenda in this election.  Click here to write to your local candidates, asking them to support our manifesto.

Leicester

Tom Robson holding the Halve It Pledge which Leicester City council and Leicester City MPs signed in 2015.

Late HIV diagnosis in Leicester is 13.8% higher than average in England and Leicester has the 6th highest rate of late diagnosis of HIV in the country.  As a city with these statistics, we are responsible for doing everything we can to ensure these late diagnoses come down and to ensure that people know their HIV status.

In 2015 and as part of the ‘Halve It pledge’, Leicester City Council together with local MPs; Liz Kendall, Jon Ashworth and Keith Vaz united with LASS, Trade and other voluntary sector partners to sign the ‘Halve It pledge’.  The national pledge commits Leicestershire to halve late HIV diagnoses by 2020.

Here you can see, our local MP’s together with our council have actually penned their names to the Halve It Pledge, we hope with your support they will remember to put HIV back on the agenda.

#HIVMANIFESTO

You can Tweet the manifesto to spread the word about our demands – use the hashtag #HIVmanifesto. You can also take a photo of yourself holding our HIV pledge. Download here.

Take it offline: meet with your candidates face-to-face to discuss the points in the manifesto. Go to any local hustings events to do the same, ask questions to see how committed they are to the HIV manifesto. Take a look at this toolkit with details and tips on what questions to ask.

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Leicestershire pledges to halve late HIV diagnoses by 2020 with Liz Kendall, Jon Ashworth & Keith Vaz

Halve It Leicester

HIV Test Week is nearly over, and you’ll be forgiven if you think that HIV testing is just for one week since most of its publicity lasts for only a week in November leading up to the celebrated World AIDS Day on December 1st every year.

While HIV Test Week draws attention to the need to get tested for HIV, World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

This morning, Leicester City Council together with local MPs; Liz Kendall, Jon Ashworth and Keith Vaz united with LASS, Trade and other voluntary sector partners to sign the ‘Halve It pledge’.

The national pledge commits Leicestershire to halve late HIV diagnoses by 2020.

HalveIt-Pledge

The sooner HIV is diagnosed, the sooner appropriate care can begin. Thanks to anti-retroviral combination therapy, the life expectancy of someone living with HIV has increased markedly. Today, an individual diagnosed with HIV at the age of 35 years, with prompt access to effective treatment, can expect to live a normal life span.

HIV continues to be a serious health condition in the UK.  Here are some of the recent statistics:

  • An estimated 103,700 people are living with HIV in the UK.
  • Of these, around 17 per cent are undiagnosed and do not know about their HIV infection.
  • There were 6,151 new HIV diagnoses in 2014.
  • Two-fifths (40 per cent) of people diagnosed with HIV in 2014 were diagnosed late, after they should have already started treatment.
  • Just over one in four people (27 per cent) living with diagnosed HIV is aged 50 years or over.
  • There has been a 2 per cent decrease in testing at sexual health clinics over the last year but opportunities to test in the community and at GPs and get a home sampling kit have increased.

Around 17% of people who have HIV don’t realise they have it, and it’s very likely that untreated HIV will be passed to other people.  That’s why it’s important to get tested so we can halve the amount of people who remain undiagnosed, (why not have a HIV test)?

Halve It (halveit.org.uk) is a coalition of national experts determined to tackle the continued public health challenges posed by HIV. Their goals are to halve the proportion of people diagnosed late with HIV and to halve the proportion of people living with undiagnosed HIV.

The Halve It campaign calls upon all levels of government and their agencies to ensure that HIV is a public health priority both locally and nationally, they are asking the government to:

  • Fully implement National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) public health guidance on HIV testing.
  • Support the delivery of the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) by ensuring that local health organisations are equipped to realise the benefits of early detection of HIV.
  • Offer incentives to test for HIV in a variety of healthcare settings, for example through the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) frameworks.
  • Ensure that people diagnosed with HIV have access to any retroviral therapies (ARTs) to prevent onward transmission in line with the joint recommendations of the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS (EAGA) and the British HIV Association (BHIVA).
  • Ensure quality-assured (ie CE marked) self-testing kits for HIV when available, are integrated into local HIV testing strategies along with home sampling kits.

To find out more about the campaign download their position paper here

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