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2030 HIV transmission target not addressed in Green Paper on Prevention

Tuesday 23 July 2019

BHIVA joins the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) in welcoming the prevention-based approaches set out by the Government in its Green Paper on Prevention: Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s but also shares the Association’s concerns that sexual health is not central to this strategy. The Green Paper says that: "sexual health services are core to prevention" yet does not provide any solutions to address key issues.

BHIVA strongly supports the Government’s ambition to end transmission of HIV by 2030 but insufficient funding and uncertainty over the co-commissioning of services could jeopardise the achievement of this goal. The Paper recognises that there is a need to "move to mainstream commissioning of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis" but does not suggest how, or when, this may happen, leaving many who could benefit from PrEP at continuing risk of HIV.


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Editor’s notes:

1. Sexual Health must be a core part of the government’s approach to prevention, July 23, 2019: https://www.bashh.org/news/news/sexual-health-must-be-a-core-part-of-the-government-s-approach-to-prevention/

2. Green Paper on Prevention: the full report is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/advancing-our-health-prevention-in-the-2020s/advancing-our-health-prevention-in-the-2020s-consultation-document