During July HPE hosted two training webinars for community and health professionals working in HIV prevention in England:
- Let’s get to zero HIV
- Understanding HIV and STIs in BAME populations.
Let’s get to zero HIV: We have all the tools we need
In 2018 Public Health England announced the UK had successfully surpassed the ambitious UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals ahead of the 2020 target:
- 92% of all people living with HIV in the UK know their HIV status.
- 98% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection are receiving antiretroviral therapy.
- 97% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy are virally suppressed.
Following this breakthrough, the government is now committed to ending new HIV transmissions in the UK by 2030. Thanks to medical advancements, robust systems and the advocacy efforts of activists since the 1980s, this goal is well within our grasp.
We invited health professionals looking to update their knowledge of HIV prevention strategies and those who wanted to learn how the UK achieved 90-90-90 goals to find out how we are going to get to zero HIV by 2030.
The webinar covered:
- An introduction to the It Starts With Me campaign
- A brief overview of combination HIV prevention
- HIV trends in the UK
- Where do we go from here?
- Challenges and opportunities
Let’s get to zero HIV [PDF]
Understanding HIV and STIs in BAME populations
Trends in HIV diagnoses and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to disproportionately impact minority communities in the UK including black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) populations.
Whilst the HIV epidemic in the UK has diversified in recent times black African men and women still made up 38% of new diagnoses in heterosexual adults in 2017. Ethnic minorities within many of most groups affected by HIV also represent the highest percentage of late diagnoses.
Similarly, although people of white ethnicity accounted for 64% of all STI diagnoses in 2018, the highest diagnoses rates based on population size were seen in black and black British groups.
This webinar explored HIV and STIs within BAME populations in the UK. It was aimed at healthcare professionals or those who work in community organisations with BAME people.
- Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan FRCP, Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine and researcher in race/ethnicity & health inequalities, Barts Health NHS Trust
- Flavien Coukan, HIV/STI Surveillance and Prevention Scientist, Public Health England