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Halve It is a coalition of national stakeholders determined to tackle the continued public health challenges posed by HIV. Halve It Steering Group members include:

  1. The African Health Policy Network (AHPN) is the leading policy organisation that influences policy on health and wellbeing issues that affect Africans in the UK. We are a network of membership organisations and individuals with a common goal to improve the health and wellbeing of the UK's African population. The AHPN's mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of Africans living in the UK who are disproportionately affected by long term health conditions such as HIV, mental health, diabetes and obesity.
  2. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS is a backbench cross-Party group of MPs and Peers who are concerned about the impact of HIV in communities in the UK and overseas.
  3. The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) aims to promote the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, to advance public health so far as it is affected by them, and to encourage the study of their public aspects. It advances the education of the public in all matters concerning Genitourinary Medicine and promotes a high standard in this medical specialty.
  4. The British HIV Association (BHIVA) is the leading UK professional association representing professionals in HIV care. It acts as a national advisory body to professions and other organisations on all aspects of HIV care. BHIVA also provides a national platform for HIV care, publishes a range of clinical guidelines, and works to promote undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education.
  5. The Department of Health (DH) helps people to live better for longer. We lead, shape and fund health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve. DH is a ministerial department, supported by 23 agencies and public bodies. The Department of Health is an observer member of the Halve It coalition.
  6. The Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF) is one of the foremost independent AIDS charities in the world. It funds frontline programmes that help to alleviate the pain - whether physical, emotional or financial - of those living with, affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS, and to continue the fight against this worldwide pandemic so that no one is left behind.
  7. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes therapies for viral diseases, infectious diseases and cancer. In just over 20 years, Gilead has become a company with a portfolio of 13 marketed products, a growing pipeline of investigational drugs and approximately 4,200 employees in offices across four continents. Gilead Sciences is an observer member of the Halve It coalition.
  8. The HIV Pharmacy Association (HIVPA) offers support, ongoing education and networking opportunities for its members to improve personal and professional development, for the benefit of patients and the pharmacist/ technician.
  9. LGBT Foundation LGBT Foundation, formerly known as The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF), is a national charity delivering a wide range of services to lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. We believe in a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential. We are passionate about the work we do with LGBT communities and we want to be as inclusive as possible to ensure LGBT voices are heard and their needs are met. Our aim is to achieve change with and on behalf of LGBT people and continue to meet their needs by providing vital services.
  10. Local Government Association The LGA is the national voice of local government. We work with councils to support, promote and improve local government. We are a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We aim to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems. The Local Government Association is an observer member of the Halve It Coalition.
  11. The London HIV Prevention Programme (LHPP) The London HIV Prevention Programme (LHPP) is a London-wide sexual health promotion initiative aimed at increasing HIV testing and promoting safer sex to all residents in the capital. The programme is funded by every London local authority and managed on their behalf by Lambeth Council. As well as our city-wide Do It London campaigns, the LHPP also runs a free condom distribution and outreach service for men who have sex with men (MSM). The London HIV Prevention Programme is an observer member of the Halve It coalition.
  12. Martin Fisher Foundation The Martin Fisher Foundation is being established to celebrate and take forward the legacy of the incredible work which Martin led to treat with dignity, compassion and respect patients with HIV and focus on the development of new strategies for effective treatment and prevention. This work was centred on Brighton and Hove but through his distinguished research career has had a global reach. The specific projects of the foundation will be focused on world class research, excellence in the delivery of patient centred care of those affected by HIV and high quality teaching.
  13. The Medical Foundation for AIDS & Sexual Health (MEDFASH) is a charity dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the healthcare of people affected by HIV, sexually transmitted infections and related conditions. It develops and disseminates information and practical guidance for health professionals, fosters communication and collaboration within and beyond the healthcare sector, and builds links between practice and policy.
  14. The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is the UK's leading charity dedicated to transforming society's response to HIV. We champion the rights of people living with HIV and campaign for change. We believe we make the most lasting and positive impact on the greatest number of lives by changing attitudes, behaviour, decisions and policies - and we seek to influence those whose actions have the biggest impact on the lives of people affected by HIV in the UK.
  15. The National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA) is the leading UK professional association representing nurses in HIV care. It aims to provide an academic and educational forum for the dissemination of original nursing research in the field of HIV/AIDS. In addition, NHIVNA assists in the promotion of the best practice in the care of people with HIV.
  16. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. NICE is an observer member of the Halve It coalition.
  17. Naz Project London (NPL) provides sexual health and HIV prevention and support services to selected Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in London. NPL aims to educate and empower communities to face up to the challenges of sexual health and HIV, and to mobilize the support networks that exist for people living with HIV/AIDS. NPL also provides training services to voluntary, community and statutory organisations as well as a wide range of resources.
  18. Positive East Positive East is London's largest community-based HIV charity. Every year more than 10,000 people walk through our doors for support and advice. They do so in the knowledge they'll receive a warm and friendly welcome. For over 20 years we have successfully provided a range of practical and emotional support services for people living with and affected by HIV in East London.
  19. Positively UK provides peer-led support, advocacy and information to women, men and young people living with HIV to manage any aspect of their diagnosis, care and managing life with HIV. Working in partnership with the NHS our peer work is integrated at clinics across London.
  20. Public Health England (PHE) We protect and improve the nation's health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. PHE is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health. Public Health England is an observer member of the Halve It Coalition.
  21. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is a professional body of doctors from general medicine. It is a forward-looking organisation, relentless in its pursuit of improvements in healthcare and the health of the population. The RCP achieves this by enhancing and harnessing the skills, knowledge and leadership of physicians in setting challenging standards and encouraging positive change based on sound evidence. In addition to supporting physicians in their daily practice, the RCP takes a wide role in public health. The RCP’s activities include campaigning for change, advising government and parliament, and taking part in national debates on medical, clinical and public health issues.
  22. The Sex, Drugs & BBV Group of the Royal College of General Practitioners is a specialist clinical interest group that functions within the College’s Clinical Network. It began with a group of GPs who developed educational materials and held conferences to keep colleagues informed of HIV infection, both its prevention and management. Since then it has expanded its remit to include management of drug users in primary care, management of sexual health and contraception and management of other blood borne viruses.
  23. Scottish HIV and AIDS Group (SHIVAG) is an umbrella organisation open to members of all professional groups and voluntary bodies working in support of persons infected or affected by HIV in Scotland. The Scottish HIV and AIDS Group is an observer member of the Halve It Coalition.
  24. Sophia Forum Sophia Forum is a network of women and organisations around the UK, part of the UNAIDS-coordinated Global Coalition on Women and AIDS. Our core objectives are the protection and promotion of the good health of women, particularly women who are living with HIV or who are at risk of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV by promoting prevention and treatment for women living with HIV, both in the UK and internationally and increasing awareness and understanding of women's sexual health, HIV and Aids amongst healthcare and other professionals, service providers and the public
  25. The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) was one of the first charities to be set up in response to HIV and has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV ever since. We provide national support services for people living with or at risk of HIV including the THT Direct helpline and www.myhiv.org.uk. Our network of regional centres offer a range of HIV prevention programmes, counselling and advice services, and testing clinics. Halving undiagnosed and late diagnosed HIV is a key goal in our policy briefing '12 things the Government can do'.

  COALITION MEMBERS

BHIVA AHPN Department of Health Sophia Forum LGBT Foundation Positive East NAZ British Association for Sexual Health and HIV SHIVAG LGA Elton John Aids Foundation NHIVA MedFASH Terrence Higgins Trust Royal College of General Practitioners Department of Health NAT Positively UK Gilead The All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS NICE RCP HIVPA