Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

No New HIV Cases in Britain after 2030: Pledge by Minister

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

No New HIV Cases in Britain after 2030: Pledge by Minister

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Byline: Oliver Poole

HEALTH Secretary Matt Hancock will tomorrow commit to making the UK the first country in the world to have no new cases of HIV.

Speaking at the Evening Standard's AIDSfree Cities Global Forum, the Secretary of State is to announce the Government's commitment to reaching the target by 2030, and will pledge to direct funding to reduce the risk of people contracting or passing on the virus.

Mr Hancock has also committed a further PS1.5 million in funding to the Elton John AIDS Foundation through the Standard's AIDSfree campaign to help end the HIV epidemic. This is in addition to government support for the appeal through UK Aid Match, which is doubling all donations. UK Aid Match funding is provided by the Department for International Development.

"HIV and Aids are challenges that we must rise to," Mr Hancock is expected to say. "The injustice, the Continued on Page 8 Continued from Page 1 unfairness, and the sadness they have brought must be tackled by us all.

"My generation grew up knowing Aids was a potential death sentence. That doesn't have to be the case anymore.

"Thanks to medical breakthroughs, public health campaigns, breaking down stigma and better education, Aids is no longer a death sentence here.

"I feel proud that Britain has made such progress. But when I think about what's going on elsewhere, I feel anger that our progress is not yet reflected around the world.

"We're all part of the global solution to this global challenge. What we do locally in London, in Delhi, in Nairobi, in Maputo, in Kiev, in Atlanta, in other cities, has an impact globally.

"So today we're setting a new goal: eradicating HIV transmission in England by 2030."

The UK has had huge success in treating the disease. The estimated number of new infections acquired by men who have sex with men has halved from a peak of around 2,700 in 2012 to 1,200 in 2017. …

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