The Lords Select Committee has published a report which says that there needs to be a new priority placed on HIV prevention.
In response, a Department of Health spokesperson said:
“Effective treatment through medical advances have transformed the outlook for people with HIV. Today many people are living near normal lives - this is enormously important in reducing any stigma.
“There is still no cure and prevention and safe sex are still as vital as it was 25 years ago. Wearing a condom with all new or casual partners should be normal practice.
“We need to reduce undiagnosed HIV so testing in a variety of health care settings is important - especially in high prevalence areas.
“The department continues to fund the Terrence Higgins Trust and the African Health Policy Network prevention programmes. This is in tandem with targeted local NHS programmes.”
Published 1 September 2011