Our NHS does many amazing things every single day. Indeed you might argue just surviving this long as a free-at-the-point-of-use healthcare system as various governments have tinkered around the edges with it is, in itself, a bit of a miracle. But real quality of care, the sort that seems on the face of it to be very basic but in reality is utterly transformative, is rarely mentioned. In this blog I want to remedy that in my own small way.
These are just some of the many examples of national and local government, charities and people living with HIV working together to tackle stigma. But the evidence shows that we must all do more to make testing more acceptable and accessible, get more people treated early and protect others from acquiring HIV.
Explaining the US health system to UK and European audiences can be a challenge. In the US, access to affordable healthcare is a very emotive subject, attracting strong opinions across the spectrum. With the new President-elect heralding a shake-up for Obamacare - which was introduced to provide greater access to healthcare - emotions are likely to rise higher over coming months as this policy becomes a key area of focus for the new administration.