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London HIV services cut as infections rise [with video]

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By Andy Dangerfield

London’s HIV prevention groups have said they are “concerned” and “outraged” at a 20% funding cut.

Inner North West London Primary Care Trust (PCT), which manages the Pan London HIV Prevention Programme, has cut the budget for 2011-12 by £516,000.

Meanwhile, the number of Londoners with HIV who acquired the infection in the UK has more than doubled in the past decade, latest figures show.

The PCT said it wanted resources to be targeted “more effectively”.

Latest figures show the number of people in London diagnosed with HIV acquired in the UK has increased from 660 in 2001 to 1,480 in 2010, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Dr Paul Crook, the HPA’s epidemiologist for London, said: “The HIV epidemic in London continues to present a major public health problem.”

In the capital, 28,000 people are living with HIV. This is about one in every 200 Londoners aged between 15 and 59 – a rate three times higher than any other region in England.

‘Ludicrous’ cuts
 
Dr Yusef Azad, director of policy and campaigns at the National Aids Trust, said he was “concerned” about the cuts.

“Every year new people become sexually active who haven’t heard the safe sex messages.

BBC News, 31 mei 2011

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