Stop HIV Cuts

This week we added our backing to a campaign against cuts to HIV support services.

The Stop HIV Cuts campaign brings together almost 30 HIV charities from across the UK to highlight concerns at recent council funding cuts affecting services in some areas in England.

For example, in Oxfordshire, the local council has pulled funding for HIV prevention and support services meaning that all support will stop from April.

The current situation in England has not affected Scotland, where HIV services are primarily funded by the NHS, to the same extent. However, as budgets tighten across all areas of the public sector, we are keen to back a campaign that highlights the real difference that services make to people living with, and affected by, HIV,  and the value they represent to the public purse.

At Waverley Care, we’re here to support anyone affected by HIV in whatever ways they need. We know from experience, and the feedback of our service users, the difference that support can make to everything from coping with a new diagnosis to managing with treatment and living a healthy lifestyle.

We agree with the campaign that cuts to such support is short-sighted and, if unchallenged, will ultimately lead to additional pressure on health services as people turn to hospital care and as more people become infected.

You can find out more about the campaign at its dedicated website – www.stophivcuts.org.