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The humanitarian crisis within our borders

Asylum destitution in the UK can be prevented, as can the illness it causes. Write to your MP about why the cut to family asylum support must be reversed.

24 September 2015
Top five concerns people with HIV have about ageing: Scotland

Through the Positive Persons' Forum and other initiatives, many people with HIV in Scotland have made it clear that they are very concerned about growing older with HIV. We have set out some of these concerns in the infographic below (or view it as a plain online image). The top 5 concerns were confidentiality, the effects of HIV medication, drug interactions, Financial stability and ignorance and stigma.

12 August 2015
HIV Scotland-
Budget: Osborne scraps WRAG as part of £13 billion-a-year benefit cuts

The government is to slash financial support for hundreds of thousands of disabled people on out-of-work benefits, as part of measures that will cut £13 billion-a-year from the social security budget by 2020-21.

13 July 2015
Disability News Service
Unmet basic needs may be related to poor rates of durable viral suppression among transgender women with HIV

Transgender women living with HIV are less likely to have excellent adherence to antiretroviral treatment (ART) and durable viral suppression compared to other groups, investigators report

03 July 2015
Michael Carter
Not having enough food linked to poor treatment outcomes in New York

People who don’t have enough food to eat are less likely to have an undetectable viral load than other people living with HIV, according to a longitudinal

23 June 2015
Roger Pebody
Cameron fails to rule out cuts to disability benefits

David Cameron has declined to rule out cuts to disability benefits as part of George Osborne’s planned £12bn welfare savings to be outlined this year.

05 June 2015
The Guardian
Tories must now come clean about where their £12bn of welfare cuts will be made

A controversial option would be to pare benefits for the disabled. Taxing disability living allowance, personal independence payments and attendance allowance would save about £1.5bn. But Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne hinted during the election that the most vulnerable would be protected, and hitting the disabled would hardly chime with “compassionate Conservatism”.

15 May 2015
The Independent
Iain Duncan Smith privileged to serve in Conservative-only cabinet and finish the job of welfare reform

The Chingford and Woodford Green MP's re-appointment as Work and Pensions Secretary was among the first to be announced today by David Cameron. His welfare reforms have brought sharp criticism from opposition parties, campaigners and charities, who say they push people further into poverty.

12 May 2015
East London and West Essex Guardian Series
HIV positive workers take less than a week off

The majority of people living with HIV take less than four days off work a year but still find it hard to obtain financial products such as income protection and critical illness cover.

07 May 2015
FT Adviser
HIV and the general election - what we should be talking about

The National AIDS Trust and HIV Scotland have joined together to identify the key priorities for the new Parliament which will reduce HIV transmission and improve the lives of people living with HIV across the UK.

15 April 2015
NAT press release

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

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