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Can the HIV Commission’s recommendation to expand HIV testing regardless of local HIV prevalence be met in a pandemic?
  1. James McClure1,
  2. Claire Dewsnap2,3,
  3. Deborah van Zwanenberg4,
  4. Camilla Varney4
  1. 1 Infectious Diseases, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2 Genitourinary Medicine, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
  3. 3 British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, Macclesfield, UK
  4. 4 Infectious Diseases, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr James McClure, Infectious Diseases, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK; j.mcclure.j{at}

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In England, the Department of Health has confirmed its intention to meet by 2030 the zero-30 target: zero new HIV infection, zero HIV-related death and zero HIV-related stigma. The Department of Health has backed the HIV Commission’s recommendations, published in a report on World AIDS Day, to make this a reality.1

The three overarching recommendations of the HIV Commission are:

  1. Jointly, the Department of Health and Social Care and the Cabinet Office should report to parliament on an annual basis the progress towards ending new HIV transmissions by 2030 with a reduction of 80% by 2025.

  2. National government must drive and be accountable for reaching the zero-30 target through publishing a comprehensive national HIV Action Plan in 2021.

  3. HIV testing must become a routine opt-out, not opt-in, across the National Health Service in any healthcare setting.

The HIV Commission’s report highlights that the key to ending HIV transmission lies in tackling HIV-related stigma and health inequalities. …

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  • Contributors JM and CD participated in the inception, drafting and review of the final article. DvZ, JM and CV participated in the inception, data collection and data analysis of the quality improvement project.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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