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HIV Infection

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he intends to respond to the resolution of the European Parliament of 20 November 2008, addressed to all member states, on HIV/AIDS: early diagnosis and early care. (248328)

The Department is already responding to the actions for member states set out in the European Parliament’s resolution on HIV and AIDS. HIV testing remains free and confidential and the Department continues to fund awareness campaigns for men-who-have-sex-with-men and African communities, the groups most at risk of HIV in the UK. These awareness campaigns are additional to the Condom Essential Wear campaign which targets young adults. The Department also funds the National AIDS Manual and the Terrence Higgins Trust for information and helpline services on HIV treatment and living with HIV. This year, the Department is also investing £750,000 in new work to reduce undiagnosed HIV.

The Disability Discrimination Act provides protection for people with HIV in employment, education and in the provision of goods and services. There are no restrictions on the freedom of movement of people with HIV in the United Kingdom.