Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has announced the Government’s plan to eliminate the transmission of HIV by 2030. This goal will be supported through £600,000 in funding from Public Health England.
According to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), this will be accomplished through improving prevention, detection and treatment.
“HIV and AIDS are challenges that we must rise to. The injustice, the unfairness and the sadness they have brought and bring to this day must be tackled by us all.
“So today we’re setting a new goal: eradicating 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 by 2030” – Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
In 2017, an estimated 102,000 people were living with HIV and an estimated 7,800 were undiagnosed. However, new cases of HIV have fallen by 28% in the last two years.
Steve Brine, Health Minister, added to the Secretary of State’s comments.
“We have the tools to eliminate HIV transmission – prevention, detection, and treatment. To help those most at risk, we need to support innovative community-led projects – they will target key communities and help end transmission in England.”