UK peers call for extra investment in HIV and AIDS services

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 02 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5590
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Current UK policies for HIV and AIDS are “woefully inadequate” and greater focus and priority to be given to the disease, say peers in a report published on 1 September.

The government should take radical steps to boost investment in services for people with HIV and AIDS as well as improving prevention and diagnosis of the disease, it says.

The report from the House of Lords Select Committee on HIV and AIDS in the UK is the result of an eight month investigation and marks the 25th anniversary of the Don’t Die of Ignorance public health campaign in 1986.

New drug treatments since 1986, including antiretrovirals, have helped cut the death rate from AIDS, but there is still neither vaccine nor cure. …

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