The London HIV Prevention Programme (Do It London)

Background

The London HIV Prevention Programme (LHPP) is a collaborative programme across London local authorities, which supports the commissioning and delivery of a number of HIV prevention interventions. The LHPP works with partners to deliver sexual health promotion outreach to men who have sex with men, a free condom distribution scheme across more than sixty gay venues in the capital, and a communications campaign under the brand “Do It London”. The programme has been operational since 2014, following a comprehensive DsPH-led needs assessment for the capital, and is managed by Lambeth Council on behalf of all participating London boroughs.

In October 2018, London borough Leaders agreed to continue to fund the LHPP for another three years from April 2019 until March 2022. Through its Do It London public awareness campaign, free condom distribution, community-based HIV testing and targeted outreach, the LHPP has made a major contribution to the capital’s declining HIV rates. LHPP is regarded as an important programme evidencing borough public health leadership and is often cited as a flagship example of London borough collaboration.

Latest Campaign – Keep Doing It London

The latest campaign, launched in July 2019, builds upon earlier iterations by firstly, communicating the progress London is making in reducing new infections of HIV since 2015, and secondly to encourage the continued adoption of the collective key behaviours underpinning this trend.

Those behaviours are regular condom use, regular HIV testing, uptake of PrEP, and knowledge of U=U; otherwise known as combination prevention. We know this works and that is why we are encouraging Londoners to reject complacency, and, in other words: Keep Doing It London!

Latest Statistics The most recent data published by Public Health England (Sep 2019) shows that new diagnoses are at their lowest level since 2000, with London making especially good progress. Overall new diagnoses in London declined 42% between 2015 and 2018 (from 2,585 down to 1,504).

The data reveals that the biggest falls have been among gay and bisexual men who are living in London, with a 50% decrease (1,459 new diagnoses in 2015 to 736 in 2018). In 2018, two in every five gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV lived in London.

The steepest recent declines in heterosexuals diagnosed with HIV have also been seen in London (falling from 688 in 2015 to 416 in 2018, a 40% decrease). In 2018 there were 249 new diagnoses among black African adults in London, a reduction of 41% compared to the 419 diagnoses in 2015.

For more information on the programme please visit the Do It London website at: doitlondon.org/

Or visit the London Councils Twitter page: https://twitter.com/doitldn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/doitLDN

Or visit the London Councils page: https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/our-key-themes/health-and-adult-services/public-health/future-commissioning-hiv-prevention-service-2