In marking the 25th World Aids Day, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has pledged his support for Halve It, a national campaign that aims to halve late diagnosis and undiagnosed HIV in the UK by 2015.
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. World Aids Day 2014 is on Sunday 1st December. More information is available here.
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. For more information on the Halve It campaign, click here.
Commenting, Mike said: “HIV must remain a public heath priority. As the latest statistics on the disease show, more still has to be done to address the prevalence of HIV. As a Halve It supporter I will continue to advocate for the campaign’s continued work on improving HIV testing and diagnosis.”