Lords committee to hear from people living with HIV/AIDS

08 March 2011

The House of Lords Committee on HIV and AIDS in the UK will take evidence from people living with HIV, and from HIV healthcare practitioners today (Tuesday 8 March).

The Committee will examine the problems HIV positive people face and whether enough is done to stop people from contracting HIV.

It will ask HIV healthcare practitioners about the treatment and prevention of HIV.  It will explore whether NHS reform will adversely affect HIV treatment; whether the ban on home testing kits for HIV should be lifted; and whether migrants should continue to be charged for HIV treatment alongside other issues.

The Committee will hear from the following witnesses:

From 10.15am

Patient group representatives:

  • Positive East
  • Body and Soul
  • Positively UK.

From 11.15am

Healthcare practitioners:

  • Dr Simon Barton, Clinical Director of the Directorate of Genitourinary and HIV Medicine at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
  • Dr Stuart Gibson, Chair, Faculty for HIV and Sexual Health, British Psychological Society
  • Nathanial Ault, Chair, National HIV Nurses Association.

The evidence sessions will take place in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords.

Public committee sessions are open to everyone, including the press, and follow proceedings from the public gallery.

Further information

The House of Lords HIV and AIDS Committee's remit is to consider HIV and AIDS in the United Kingdom. It will report by 20 July 2011. The Committee is investigating issues relating to the monitoring, testing, treatment, prevention and stigma of HIV and AIDS.

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