HIV Infection

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve the health outcomes of people living with HIV.

Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to include policies to improve care for people living with HIV in the Implementation Framework for the NHS Long Term Plan.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

When diagnosed early and with access to antiretroviral therapy the majority of people with HIV in England can expect a near normal life expectancy.

The National Health Service continues to provide world class treatment and care for people living with HIV. NHS England is responsible for commissioning high quality HIV treatment and care and has published related service specifications and policies. The aim is to provide specialist assessment and ongoing management of HIV and associated conditions in order to support patients to stay well reducing mortality and morbidity and to reduce the risk of onward transmission of HIV. The service aims to ensure that the outcomes, wellbeing and quality of life of people living with HIV are maximised. Further information is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/spec-services/npc-crg/blood-and-infection-group-f/f03/

As set out in the Long Term Plan, all health systems will be expected to set out during 2019 how they will specifically reduce health inequalities by 2023/24 and 2028/29.

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