"It is fantastic news that the targets for diagnosing and treating people with HIV have been met in the UK, a success story that could not have been achieved without the key role played by local government."
Responding to a new report published by Public Health England (PHE) showing that the UK is one of the first countries to meet the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, said:
“It is fantastic news that the targets for diagnosing and treating people with HIV have been met in the UK, a success story that could not have been achieved without the key role played by local government.
“Councils, which are responsible for commissioning sexual health and HIV support services, have overseen a significant increase in HIV testing, deploying innovative methods such as home sampling and rapid testing in sexual health and drugs clinics, as well as targeting those communities most in need of support.
"It is important however not to be complacent, and unfortunately, many barriers to HIV testing remain. Stigma and discrimination still deter people from taking an HIV test. Many people still only get tested after becoming ill and symptomatic.
“Government can help councils step up the fight against HIV by reversing the £600 million cuts to councils’ public health grants which fund vital sexual health services and prevent people from becoming seriously ill and requiring more expensive NHS treatment further down the line.”