Gay & bisexual men and HIV

We all know that HIV has entered the mainstream population, but did you know that there are over 30,000 gay & bisexual men living with HIV in the UK? More than 40% of all people newly diagnosed with HIV in 2009 were gay or bisexual men.

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Some facts about HIV you might not know:

  • 1 in 20 gay men in the UK have HIV.  This rises to 1 in 10 in London and 1 in 8 in Brighton.
  • Over a quarter of gay men with HIV don't know that they're infected.
  • In 2009, nearly 40% of gay men diagnosed with HIV were diagnosed late (after the point at which they should have started treatment).  This not only has a serious impact on their health but also means it is more likely they will have infected others. 

Find out more facts about HIV


Get Tested!

If you are a sexually active gay men (or a man who sometimes has sex with other men) it is now recommended that you have an HIV test at least once a year. NAT, in partnership with GMFA and BASHH and with support from the Health Protection Agency, have produced this leaflet to explain why having regular HIV tests is important and to explain how you can get a test. Download Get Tested.

This leaflet was funded by the Department of Health.


About NAT

NAT is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to transforming society’s response to HIV.

We research the issues that affect people living with HIV in UK. We work to make sure that policy and decisions made about HIV are based on evidence.

We educate teachers, employers, lawyers, the police, healthcare workers and other professionals.  We provide resources to help them understand HIV and to ensure they do not discriminate against people with HIV.

We engage with journalists and schools. We make sure the information they give out is accurate and does not stigmatise people with HIV.

We influence parliamentarians and government officials at a local and national level.  We advocate for them to consider the needs of people living with HIV when making policies and laws, and to ensure they invest in HIV prevention care and support.

Come and explore our site to find out more about our work.


We need your help 

NAT is an independent charity.  We receive only limited funds from the Government and this is decreasing every year.  We rely on donations and the generosity of our supporters to continue our work.  While many other charities in the UK have widened their remits to sexual health, NAT remains focused on HIV.

80 pence in every pound donated goes directly to our core policy work.

There are lots of different ways you can support NAT.  Find out how here.


How we are helping

We work on a range of issues, these are just three recent examples of our work:

Shaping attitudes - NAT secured a change to the Crown Prosecution Service guidance on hate crime to ensure that people with HIV receive the same level of legal protection as people with other disabilities.

Challenging injustice - We have been campaigning for a review of the blood donor ban for gay men.  We were the first HIV charity to speak out on this issue and have convinced the Safety Advisory Committee to review their restrictions on blood donors.

Changing Lives - We conducted research into the experiences of HIV positive gay men in the workplace. We found that although the health effects of HIV are having little impact, stigma and discrimination are barriers. Our findings helped to secure an amendment to the new Equality Act which makes it illegal for employers to ask questions about disability and long term conditions before an offer of a job is made.

Explore our site to find out more about our work.


If you are living with HIV you will find more useful information in our Living with HIV? section.