Council to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in Southend
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A new role has been created by Southend-on-Sea Borough councillors to help further the fight against the spread of HIV and support those living with the virus.
Councillor Mark Flewitt has been appointed HIV/AIDS Scrutiny Champion, and has vowed to boost awareness of the condition and how to prevent it.
He said: "We need to communicate this to all areas and all ages. No-one is exempt from it. Southend has a high incidence of HIV the latest figures show there are more than 250 people living with HIV in the borough.
I am very optimistic as to the chances of some practical issues and approaches being developed - since the whole Council received the creation of an HIV/AIDS Scrutiny Champion, with such a positive mood.
I welcome too, the opportunity to work with our Health partners and those like the Terrence Higgins Trust, as well as those living with HIV/AIDS.
The Administration along with all groups on the Council, is showing a keen and proper concern for the wellbeing of all its residents.
Garry Sheen, the regional manager for the Terrence Higgins Trust East says: "We are very pleased to have Councillor Flewitt's support. Hopefully this new role is something other local authorities would take on board too.
Any thing which raises awareness and tackles ignorance and the stigma attached to HIV is very welcome."
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's Executive Councillor for Community Services and Health, Councillor Tony North said: "We feel it is very important to take what steps we can to help further the battle against HIV/AIDS, to support those who are HIV positive, and all those working to reduce the spread of this chronic condition."
A spokeswoman for Southend Primary Care Trust says: "We look forward to working closely with Councillor Flewitt and our colleagues at the borough council. We are mindful of the HIV issues in Southend and the PCT has a number of initiatives under way. It is important that we co-ordinate with the council and work together on this."