Petition calls for Government to reconsider 50% HIV prevention cuts

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A petition has been started, calling on the British Government to reconsider its reportedly announced 50% cut to HIV prevention funding for 2015.

Charities have spoken out against plans to slash funding for HIV Prevention England – which focusses on reducing HIV transmission in gay and bisexual men and ethnic minorities – from £2.45m to just £1.2m from April 2015.

The petition allows users to lobby the Government to reconsider the cut – and to maintain the current level of funding to prevent HIV for the next three years. 

The news comes just weeks after Prime Minister David Cameron pledged support on World AIDS Day.

He claimed at the time: “British charities, scientists, social services, doctors and nurses have often led the way in dealing with HIV.

“From bringing it to public attention initially, fighting passionately for respect and treatment, through to current campaigns aimed at increasing testing. These are people are to be applauded for their commitment, innovation and passion.

“The UK has a proud track record of leading the fight internationally; last year we supported 1.9 million people with treatment for AIDS and 32,000 children benefited from child-friendly HIV/AIDS medicines.

“I am proud that as a nation we are keeping our commitments to the poorest in the world.”

Click here to sign the petition.