I was delighted this week to renew my support for the Halve It campaign, which aims to halve the proportion of people diagnosed late with HIV and halve the proportion of people living with undiagnosed HIV.
Halve It represents people with HIV and those responsible for their care and does great work in making the case for action across government, local authorities, the NHS, social care and education to make it quicker, easier and less stigmatising to have a regular HIV test.
Its Positive Change report makes the point that people living with HIV are often from vulnerable groups that have experienced discrimination, including gay men and migrant communities, while HIV is still too often met with stigma in society and within healthcare settings.
HIV testing, treatment and care are now managed by multiple agencies across NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Groups and local authorities, which has made co-ordinating and promoting HIV testing more difficult.
I agree with the campaign that we need to see better co-ordination of care between HIV specialists, primary care and other specialist disciplines and make sure that people living with HIV are properly involved in their own care.
It is also important that we work together to identify and tackle HIV related stigma that exists within too many healthcare settings, so that people feel free and able to access regular testing and use services.