Who we are
The chances of passing HIV from mother to child during - and after - pregnancy can be reduced to less than one per cent if the right steps are taken.
HIV - which causes AIDS - can be transmitted through body fluids, in particular blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk.
NAT is the UK's leading charity dedicated to transforming society's response to HIV. We provide fresh thinking, expertise and practical resources. We champion the rights of people living with HIV and campaign for change.
Our vision is a world in which people living with HIV are treated as equal citizens with respect, dignity and justice, are diagnosed early and receive the highest standards of care, and in which everyone knows how and is able to protect themselves and others from HIV infection.
All our work is focussed on achieving five strategic goals:
- Effective HIV prevention in order to halt the spread of HIV
- Early diagnosis of HIV through ethical, accessible and appropriate testing
- Equitable access to treatment, care and support for people living with HIV
- Enhanced understanding of the facts about HIV and living with HIV in the UK
- Eradication of HIV-related stigma and discrimination
How we work
We believe we make the most lasting and positive impact on the greatest number of lives by changing attitudes, behaviour, decisions and policies - and we seek to influence those whose actions have the biggest impact on the lives of people affected by HIV in the UK.
We listen to people living with, and affected by, HIV and those who support them and we put the needs and rights of HIV positive people at the heart of everything we do.
We pride ourselves on being independent and evidence-based. We are committed to partnership working and we work in a collaborative and productive manner with a range of partner organisations to share experience and knowledge and make the greatest collective difference.
We are an independent charity, with a board of trustees who are responsible for our governance and direction. Our independence remains vitally important to us and whilst we do receive some government funding, the vast majority of our income comes from public donations, corporate supporters, grant-making trusts and foundations and our own fundraising work. You can find out more about where our money comes from by reading our annual review.
We also recognise the importance of working as efficiently as possible: we have a small number of permanent staff and a team of active volunteers, many of whom are living with HIV. Over three quarters of our income is spent on our core policy work.
Our official name is the National AIDS Trust. We are a registered charity, number 297977 and a company limited by guarantee number 2175938 (registered in England and Wales).