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For those living with HIV, we must guarantee no discrimination or stigma

For those living with HIV, we must guarantee no discrimination or stigma
- Ever since becoming Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS after the 2015 General Election, I, along with my APPG colleagues, have heard from a wide variety of representatives from the HIV community that the Health & Social Care Act 2012 has had a far-reaching and often unforeseen impact on the commissioning and delivery of HIV services from prevention to long-term condition management.
I should stress that the purpose of my debate was not to call into question the continued existence of the Health & Social Care Act. After all, I and many APPG colleagues voted for the legislation as it passed through Parliament and I still believe that the principles behind the Act were sound. Nonetheless, it is clear that HIV services have been divided between three commissioning bodies (local authorities, NHS England and clinical commissioning groups) and in some instances, this has led to uncertainty around the responsibility for commissioning of certain services.