HIV charities 'deeply concerned' over allocation of HIV prevention budget

Joseph Patrick McCormick
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In a statement today the NAT commented on the new spending plans, which it notes includes the halving of HIV Prevention England (HPE)’s funding for HIV prevention to £1.2 million.

The HPE is a partnership of voluntary sector organisations led by the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Part of the announcement included the formation of a £500,000 Innovation Fund, which PinkNews revealed yesterday. The fund allows small, local organisations to bid for funding of between £50,000-100,000, granted by local authorities.

It also notes £150,000, which goes towards tackling late diagnoses, which will be matched by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, £300,000 for a national home sampling service, providing up to 50,000 home testing kits, and £250,000 to allow Public Health England to monitor and evaluate the schemes.

Deborah Gold, CEO at NAT said: “The Minister has identified 2015-16 as a transition year for the national HIV prevention programme with an aim to work towards a longer-term and more innovative strategy for HIV prevention.  NAT is calling for an open and transparent review as part of this process.

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