Targeted strategies for HIV prevention - such as the need to use condoms - are "vital" and cuts to the current level of funding would be disastrous.

This is according to Deborah Jack, chief executive of the National Aids Trust, who observed that awareness levels may reduce if organisations do not have enough money to invest in education.

"Furthermore, HIV prevention should not be regarded as an easy target for short-term cost cutting," she added.

The specialist observed that any short-term monetary gains will be cancelled out with increased treatment cost in the longer run.

Ms Jack continued by saying that gay men are those most at risk and infection rates within this group may swell if there is a drop in financial support.

Yesterday (June 5th) marked the 30th anniversary since the first cases of Aids were discovered and a Walk for Life event was held in its honour.