UK announces new action plan to end HIV infections, deaths by 2030

UK announces new action plan to end HIV infections, deaths by 2030
# 01 December 2021 19:30 (UTC +04:00)

The UK government announced on Wednesday a new HIV action plan backed by 23 million pounds ($30.5 million) to end infections and deaths in England by 2030, while the Ministry of Defence said changes are being introduced to make it easier for people with HIV to join the armed forces, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"We will end new HIV infections in England by the end of the decade," Health Minister Sajid Javid said in a statement released by his office on World AIDS Day.

The plan is aimed at preventing new infections by investing more funds in the National HIV Prevention Program over the next three years and increasing access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for people at risk of contracting the infection.

The government is also planning to scale up HIV testing in high-risk populations and ensure people rapidly receive treatment to stop them transmitting the infection further.

"We’re taking action to make sure we're firmly on track to meet our target in the next 9 years - doubling down on existing efforts, and adopting new strategies to reach particularly at-risk groups," Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Vaccines and Public Health, Maggie Throup, was also quoted as saying.

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