There have been significant advances in HIV prevention and treatment. In 2016, there was an 18% decline in new HIV diagnoses from the previous year[1]. However, this decline has primarily been among White, young, gay men. We want to see this progress replicated across all groups affected by HIV.

Combination prevention — the awareness and use of various different options as preventative measures, including condoms, regular testing, high uptake of ART which reduces onward transmission, and now PrEP —  however this is not having a significant impact for BAME communities.

Simply replicating the same strategies that have been effective in some groups for BAME communities is not adequate. We need to adopt a more nuanced approach that recognises the inherent heterogeneity within ethnic minorities. We need to work within multidisciplinary teams involving partners far beyond the sexual health sector, including corporations and the media. Crucially, we need leadership that comes from members of BAME communities at both a high-level, strategic and on the ground.

[1] PHE(2017) HIV in the United Kingdom: decline in new HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men in London, 2017 report