UK government vows to end HIV/AIDS transmission in a decade

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock made the commitment ahead of a summit at the AIDSfree Cities Global Forum on January 30th, vowing to end the verus transmission by 2030. As part of the commitment, the government will invest new funding in prevention efforts, focusing on risk groups such as gay and bisexual men, and also racial and ethnic minorities. £600,000 in funding will go to 13 local innovative initiatives to help reduce the risk of people contracting or passing on HIV and to tackle stigma around HIV+ people. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has also pledged government funding to match up to £2 million to solve this problem on a global level. ““HIV and AIDS are challenges that we must rise to. The injustice, the unfairness, and the sadness they have brought and bring to this day must be tackled by us all. My generation grew up knowing AIDS was a potential death sentence. That doesn’t have to be the case anymore. Thanks to medical breakthroughs, public health campaigns, breaking down stigma and better education, AIDS is no longer a death sentence here,” said Mr. Hancock.

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