Madeleine Moon MP

Member of Parliament for Bridgend

Madeleine Moon pledges support for Halve It campaign on early HIV testing

Madeleine Moon today pledged his support for Halve It, a national coalition campaign that aims to halve late diagnosis and undiagnosed HIV in the UK by 2015.

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Madeleine Moon today pledged his support for Halve It, a national coalition campaign that aims to halve late diagnosis and undiagnosed HIV in the UK by 2015. At the Halve It World AIDS Day parliamentary drop-in session, Madeleine met with key members of the campaign’s steering group, including leading HIV clinicians, and CEOs of patient and policy organisations. She discussed with them Halve It’s aims and achievements to date, and the campaign’s compelling case for HIV to remain a public health priority in the UK. The event, which marked the 25th World AIDS Day, was attended by key parliamentarians from all parties.

Halve It is a coalition of advocates and experts that works with all levels of government and the NHS to reduce the proportion of people undiagnosed and diagnosed late with HIV, through public policy reform and implementation of good practice.  The Halve It campaign focuses on the expansion of HIV testing services, on the basis that early testing of HIV saves lives and also results in substantial savings to the public health budget. Since its inception in 2010, the campaign has galvanised national and local cross-party support for HIV testing, and this year received the endorsement of the leaders of the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour parties. 

According to Public Health England data released last week, an estimated 98,400 people were living with HIV in the UK in 2012. The overall prevalence was 1.5 per 1,000 population, and an estimated 21,900 people living with HIV in 2012 were unaware of their infection. [1]

In light of these figures, Madeleine believes that HIV should remain a public health priority in the UK, and as a Halve It supporter will advocate for the campaign’s continued work on improving HIV testing and diagnosis. 

 

Notes for Editors

Halve It is a coalition whose members represent the following organisations:

  • African Health Policy Network (AHPN)
  • All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS
  • British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH)
  • British HIV Association (BHIVA)
  • Elton John AIDS Foundation
  • Gilead Sciences Ltd
  • HIV Pharmacy Association
  • Medical Foundation for AIDS and Sexual Health (MEDFASH)
  • NAT (National AIDS Trust)
  • National HIV Nurses Association
  • Royal College of General Practitioners  - Sex, Drugs and BBV Group
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Terrence Higgins Trust

 

For more information on Halve It, please contact:

Rob Walton

Halve It Secretariat

07771 756716

rob@halveit.org.uk

www.halveit.org.uk



[1] Public Health England ‘HIV in the United Kingdom: 2013 report’ http://www.hpa.org.uk/Publications/InfectiousDiseases/HIVAndSTIs/1311HIVintheUk2013report/

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