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HIV Support Services Face Closure as Councils Withdraw Funding

Published: 25/02/2016

Vital HIV prevention and support services are facing closure after being earmarked for cuts by local authorities across the country, leaving potentially thousands of people with the virus cut adrift at the very time the transmission rate is increasing.

Users typically turn to these units for help with their medical treatments, counselling and mental health assistance, peer support and legal advice – while many support centres also provide HIV prevention services for those most at risk of transmission, such as gay men.

But some services are now set to shut down. So far, six councils – Oxfordshire, Bexley, Portsmouth, Slough, Bromley and Bracknell Forest – have proposed a decommissioning of HIV support services, effective from 1 April.

 

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