Media Reporting

This page is for editors, journalists and anyone who writes about issues relating to HIV.

The media play an important role in communicating to the public what exactly it means to live with HIV today. Understanding the advance in knowledge and treatment around HIV is vital to reporting accurately about HIV.  Accurate reporting benefits public health, dispels myths, undermines prejudice and increases understanding. It contributes positively to the way HIV is addressed around the world.

We know that accurately reporting on HIV has always been - and still is - a challenge.  HIV and its ramifications are complex to report.

DVD guide for journalism students

NAT has produced a DVD for journalism students, as part of our work to challenge stigma and improve reporting of HIV in the UK media.  We understand that the future of reporting HIV is as important as the present media coverage, and this DVD provides information for students on HIV and Media, facts and myths, real stories, ethics of HIV reporting and reporting without prejudice.

Watch NAT's video guide for journalists reporting on HIV

Guidelines for Reporting HIV

Guidelines on Reporting HIV to help journalists and editors report HIV issues responsibly. This practical guide gives people working in the media up-to-date information on HIV and sources of further information to help ensure that your reporting is accurate and non-stigmatising.

These guidelines are supported by the National Union of Journalists, the Press Complaints Commission and the Society of Editors.

Download Guidelines for Reporting HIV in full or download sections of the guidelines:

The Facts
HIV as a long term condition
Understanding and Communicating Risk
Misconceptions about risk
Testing and HIV
UK law and HIV
Myth of HIV health tourism
Professional standards
Telling real stories
The Media Food Chain
Finding the right words
Useful Organisations

'At The Sun we pride ourselves on getting the facts right and staying up to date. This can be a challenge in sensitive areas like HIV.  NAT's guidelines for journalists are very useful, really simple to work with and lay out all the facts reporters need.'
Graham Dudman, Managing Editor, The Sun

"While public and media understanding of HIV and AIDS has improved, it remains vital that the press takes particular care when reporting on these issues - both by being accurate and by respecting the privacy of those who live with either condition.  The PCC has a clear role to play in resolving complaints, upholding and improving standards, and providing a public service to those who have concerns about the press."
Stephen Abell, Director, Press Complaints Commission

Why not download and complete our quiz to see how much you know about HIV in the UK today?  Or use it with a group of students to test their knowledge and provide the facts.

Download hereQuiz questions - How much do you know about HIV in the UK?
Download hereQuiz answers - How much do you know about HIV in the UK?

To request a copy of this DVD or for further advice on HIV reporting
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