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LGBT Foundation response to Mayor Andy Burnham’s Fast-Track Cities announcement

Published: 28 August 2018 Tags: HIV, Sexual Health, Fast-Track Cities, GMCA By Daniel Walsh

Rob Cookson, Deputy CEO of LGBT Foundation, reacts to Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham’s launch of the city-region’s bid to join the network of Fast-Track Cities leading the battle with the worldwide HIV epidemic, setting out the aim to end all new transmissions of HIV in Greater Manchester within a generation.

Rob said: “It is hard to put into words just how much this issue means to the LGBT community and people living with or affected by HIV. So many people have lost loved ones to HIV over the years. Put simply, this policy will save lives.

“It is fitting that such an historic announcement comes at this iconic time of year, when we all come together to show the world our unity and passion. There is clearly a genuine commitment to the cause, with the aim of eradicating all new transmissions of HIV within a generation, and ending stigma.

“LGBT Foundation is proud to support and play a leading role in the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership’s Transformation Programme, to make this dream a reality. With around 300 new cases reported here every year there is obviously a lot of work to be done, but a £1.3 million commitment to support people living with HIV or most at risk and introduce a range of activities shows that Greater Manchester means business.

“Strong partnership working in Greater Manchester, with the community at the heart of it, will help to achieve the goals we are all striving for - zero new HIV infections and zero stigma.”