Data published today by NAT (National AIDS Trust), shows a significant decrease in spending on HIV prevention across the UK. In areas with a high HIV prevalence, where need is highest, spending dropped by 29% in two years. In London, where all 32 boroughs have a high prevalence of HIV, there was a 35% reduction in HIV prevention funding.
New Freedom of Information requests have exposed an alarming trend for cutting or completely decommissioning HIV support services across England and Wales. In England there was an average cut of 28% in expenditure for HIV support services between 2015/16 and 2016/17. The regional variation in cuts is enormous, with some areas entirely losing support for people living with HIV.
Two companion reports launched today by NAT (National AIDS Trust) show that: