OUR HISTORY

SINCE 1987, WE'VE BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF DECISIONS AND POLICES INTRODUCED TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE AFFECTED BY HIV

  • 1987

       

    NAT (National Aids Trust) is founded—we champion the rights of people living with HIV and campaign for change.

  • 1990

       

    NAT organises the first ever 'Women, AIDS & the Future' conference, attended by Princess Diana—watch a video clip here

  • 1991

       

    NAT's Youth Initiative holds consultations with young people across the UK to discuss their HIV education needs

  • 1993

       

    As NAT patron, Princess Diana delivers a speech on 'Women & Children with AIDS' in Edinburgh—watch a video clip here

  • 1994

       

    The second 'Concert of Hope' is held in support of NAT and Crusaid—performers include Take That and Lulu

  • 1995

       

    NAT launches the 'Companies Act!' initiative to promote good practice on HIV and employment. This grew into the Global Business Coalition on AIDS which now has more than 200 members including Coca Cola and Shell

  • 1996

       

    The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is established with NAT as a founding partner

  • 1999

       

    The UK Government is the first in the world to commit funding to HIV vaccine research with a £14 million grant to IAVI

  • 2000

       

    NAT commissions the first Ipsos MORI research into public awareness and understanding of HIV

  • 2000

       

    NAT launches the first official World AIDS Day website

  • 2001

       

    Bill Clinton delivers the 'Diana, Princess of Wales Lecture on AIDS' organised by NAT

  • 2002

       

    NAT launches 'Are you HIV prejudiced?', a major national anti-stigma campaign

  • 2004

       

    The 'Changing Tomorrow' conference is held in Leicester and attended by over 350 people living with HIV
  • 2004

       

    AIDS Action Europe is established with NAT as founding partner

  • 2005

       

    Following a successful NAT campaign, the Disability Discrimination Act defines HIV as a disability from the point of diagnosis for the first time

  • 2007

       

    NAT launches its first 'Guidelines for HIV Reporting' for journalists, produced in partnership with the National Union of Journalists (updated in 2010)

  • 2007

       

    NAT launches the first ever 'Prisons Framework' (updated in 2011)

  • 2008

       

    NAT's 'Policy Network' is established

  • 2008

       

    The CPS publishes legal guidance on 'Prosecuting cases Involving the Intentional or Reckless Sexual Transmission of Infection'

  • 2009

       

    NAT establishes 'Press Gang'
  • 2010

       

    NAT establishes its 'HIV Activists network'

  • 2010

       

    NAT succeeds in influencing the Equality Act so that it is unlawful for employers to ask questions about HIV prior to a job offer

  • 2011

       

    HIV Aware campaign is launched by NAT

  • 2011

       

    NAT helps secure the ending of the lifetime ban on blood donation for men who have had sex with other men

  • 2012

       

    HIV treatment is made available without charge to everyone living in England who needs it, following a seven-year campaign by NAT

  • 2013

       

    Access to a GP or primary care nurse consultation will remain free to all, following our opposition to plans to charge certain migrants for primary care access

  • 2013

       

    We influenced Home Office policy so that asylum seekers living with HIV who need help with accommodation will not routinely be 'dispersed' away from the area where they are attending an HIV clinic

  • 2013

       

    The Government announces that home testing kits for HIV will be legalised from April 2014, after several years of campaigning from NAT

  • 2013

       

    The Government announces an end to the absolute ban on HIV positive healthcare workers doing jobs which involve 'exposure prone procedures' (e.g. dentistry, surgery). NAT were the only charity on the expert working group which made the recommendation to change the rules

  • 2014

       

    An NAT campaign stops the Government's proposed 50% cut to the fund for national HIV prevention

  • 2014

       

    NAT and the Mayor of London host a World AIDS Day event to raise awareness and tackle HIV stigma, following an NAT report showing gaps in public awareness and ongoing negative attitudes in the capital

  • 2013

       

    NAT is awarded Best Campaigning Group by Pride in London for our PrEP: The HIV Hero-themed march

  • 2016

       

    NAT's 'HIV in the Future' NHS conference brings together people living with HIV, policy makers, commissioners and clinicians to discuss how the NHS could better meet the needs of people living with HIV by treating HIV as a long-term condition

  • 2016

       

    For the first time, NAT seeks judicial review of a policy decision that would have a major impact on the UK's response to HIV: NHS England's announcement that it would not be able to commission PrEP

  • 2016

       

    NAT partners with HIV service providers in the Stop HIV Cuts campaign, protesting against cuts to vital HIV support services in England