HIV prevention groups in London are to face 43% cuts to their NHS and PCT funding.
Figures released today show a near doubling in UK HIV diagnoses over the last decade, with cases in the gay and bisexual community rising by 70%.
Last week, groups including Terrence Higgins Trust and PACE were given the news that NHS primary care trusts which make up part of their funding would be seriously cutting back their budgets.
Kensington and Chelsea PCT, which manages the Pan London HIV Prevention Programme, said that only six-month contracts with reduced funding can be offered to the 21 PCTs in London that want to continue their work in HIV prevention.
Director of operations at UK gay charities representative LGBT Consortium, Mark Delacour, expressed his outrage at the proposed cuts, calling the decision “outrageous”.
Delacour commented said that the decision, “threatens the health of the largest gay and bisexual community in the country”.
Carl Burnell, chief executive of HIV prevention charity GMFA commented that the cuts would not ultimately save money. Burnell pointed out, “It costs £300,000 to treat a person with HIV over their lifetime. This could prove more expensive for the state”.