Norman Fowler was an MP for 31 years, during which time he was a member of the Cabinet for 10 years. He was Secretary of State for Social Services, which included responsibility for both health and social security, for 6 years and he became the longest serving Health Secretary since the Second World War. In 1986, he was responsible for the high-profile public education campaign on HIV/AIDS and introducing the clean-needles policy. Since then, he has continued to work in this area and was a Trustee of the Terrence Higgins Trust and Chair of the special Select Committee on HIV/AIDS in the UK that made a series of proposals aimed at encouraging more people to come forward for testing. In 2012, he won a commitment from the Government to introduce a regulation that would have the effect of making HIV treatment free for all people in the country. He went to the House of Lords in 2001.
"Combating HIV/AIDS remains a public health priority in this country. There is an all too common view that the issue has gone away; however, nothing could be further from the truth. A new effort is required to persuade more people to come forward for testing. It is unacceptable that about a quarter of those with HIV are unaware of their condition. We also need to combat the stigma and discrimination that still surround the area. The British HIV Association has a formidable reputation based on the professional skill of its members. I only hope that I can support the Association's efforts to improve the situation and make the UK more of a model of what should be done." Lord Fowler