Call for major new drive to combat AIDS/HIV

By Adrian O’Dowd

House of LordsThe government should launch a major new prevention campaign to tackle the growth of HIV and AIDS in the UK, claims a report from a House of Lords committee.

Current services for patients who are HIV positive or who have AIDS are “woefully inadequate”, says the report No vaccine, no cure: HIV and AIDS in the United Kingdom published today by the House of Lords select committee on HIV and AIDS.

Peers called for more investment in HIV/AIDS services as well as a greater focus on and priority given to prevention of the disease and quicker diagnosis.

The report, which is the culmination of an eight-month long inquiry, also marks the 25th anniversary of the Don’t Die of Ignorance public health campaign in 1986.

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