HIV Infection

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 26th September 2022.

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Photo of Florence Eshalomi Florence Eshalomi Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference the UNAIDS report entitled In Danger, published on 2 July 2022, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of that reports findings; and what steps her Department plans to take to help reduce (a) global HIV transmission and (b) AIDS related deaths.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)

The UNAIDS 'In Danger' report highlights the disproportionate impact that the HIV epidemic still has on particular regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa, and key populations, such as women, girls and children.

As part of efforts to end the preventable deaths of mothers, newborns and children, the UK funds UNAIDS, the Robert Carr Fund and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The UK also supports a range of research on HIV and AIDS, such as the development, through the International Partnership on Microbiocides, of the dapivirine ring. This is the first long-acting HIV prevention product for women of its kind. The UK also invests in health systems strengthening to improve access to quality health services, including services for the prevention of HIV and to reduce AIDS related deaths.

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