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Government promises HIV support funding

3rd December 2007

The Department of Health has announced that the government will grant local authorities an additional 17.6 million pounds in funding to care for patients with HIV and Aids.

It noted that councils have been given funds to develop strategic plans to develop social care infrastructure for individuals with HIV and Aids for the last 18 years, with the announcement of new money marking a 20 per cent increase in this funding.

The department quotes Health Protection Agency Figures that reveal 52,083 people in Britain have been diagnosed with HIV, with 5,000 patients seen for HIV-related care every year since 2001.

Dawn Primarolo, public health minister, said: “We have strengthened national HIV health promotion for groups most at risk in England by investing an extra two million pounds over the last two years in the work done by the Terrence Higgins Trust and the African HIV Policy Network.”

She added that an action plan published earlier this year on HIV-related stigma had been published earlier this year, with the programme including funding for three new projects and partnership for HIV charities.

In November 2006, Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik signed an early day motion regarding the prevention of HIV, with Mr Opik describing the matter as “an issue that is not going away”.

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