The Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has set out a commitment to end transmission of HIV in England by 2030. He said this will happen through better prevention, detection and treatment.
This work will be supported by £600,000 funding from Public Health England's HIV Prevention Innovation Fund. The funding will go 13 innovative schemes to help reduce the risk of people getting HIV and to reduce stigma around the condition. An expert group will also be developing an action plan on prevention with measurable action points for groups of people who are at risk of infection.
Our country has played a leading role in addressing HIV since the epidemic started, helping to stop AIDS related deaths, preventing new HIV infections and investing in research and technology. New antiretroviral treatment has meant that people diagnosed with HIV living in the United Kingdom can lead normal and long lives. With more people in Britain on lifesaving treatment that ever before, fewer people will become infected as a result. New cases of HIV have fallen by 28% over the past two years.
HIV testing has also increased, helping to decrease the number of people living with HIV who are unaware of their infection. HIV and AIDS are challenges that we must rise to tackle. Today there is still injustice, unfairness and sadness brought to many people through this condition but that doesn't have to be the case any more.
Our aim is to eradicate HIV transmission in England by 2030. No new infections within the next decade, becoming one of the first countries to reach the UN zero-infections target.
AIDS is no longer a death sentence but it remains a global challenge. I am proud that the United Kingdom is working to eliminate it.