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Alex Sparrowhawk
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Help stop HIV cuts by signing Thomasís change.org petition!
Posted on: May 24 2016, 11:18 am

HIV services face cuts in worst hit areas

Fears of Ďdangerous precedentí as three of the UKís worst-hit areas for HIV are facing major cuts to HIV support services

First Date's Thomas Lange - a THT service user has started a change.org petition and we need you to sign and share it.


Support services for people living with HIV in South London are at risk of being cut, it has been revealed today. The proposed cuts to advice and counselling services will affect people living with HIV in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, where HIV rates are soaring far above the national average.

A final decision is just weeks away, and people living with HIV are now backing an online petition to save the services.

Lambeth is the worst-hit borough in the whole of the UK for HIV prevalence - there are eight times as many people living with HIV in Lambeth compared to the UK average.

Southwark is the second most-hit area for HIV in the country, with 6.5 times as many people with HIV compared to average, and Lewisham is in the top 10.

The UKís leading HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust, currently provides specialist advice and counselling services for people living with HIV across the three boroughs. The services are currently funded by Lambeth Council, Lewisham CCG and Southwark CCG.

But under the new proposals, which are under public consultation until tomorrow, these services could disappear by 1st October. If these cuts go through, up to 900 people living with HIV across the three boroughs who currently use the Terrence Higgins Trust services will be abandoned.

You can read the full press release here:

https://www.tht.org.uk/our-charity/Media-centre/Press-Releases/2016/May/HIV-services-face-cuts-in-worst-hit-areas
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Alex Sparrowhawk
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Re: Help stop HIV cuts by signing Thomasís change.org petition!
Reply #1 on: June 2 2016, 03:20 pm

Afternoon everyone

The Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham HIV Care and Support consultation has been extended and will remain open until 5pm 29th June 2016 to enable more feedback to be gathered.

People living in these areas can have their say via the questionnaire at the bottom of the page via this link:

http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/lambeth-southwark-lewisham-hiv-care-and-support-consultation

Please pass on to any of your service users or stakeholders in these areas.
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