Every February in the UK is LGBT+ History Month. This year's theme is Medicine: #UnderTheScope. Join us this year in celebrating and remembering the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people in the fields of medicine and healthcare.

The HIV and AIDS epidemic is inextricably linked to LGBT+ history. Since the 1980s, the LGBT+ community has fought long and hard to ensure that those living with HIV can access treatment and live dignified lives. But every stride has been challenged by homophobia, stigma, and marginalisation.

Progress on HIV, and indeed to tackle other health and social inequalities, will only be achieved with inclusive healthcare that breaks down barriers to access. To achieve this for LGBT+ people, their voices must lead the way, both as patients and as medical professionals.

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Voices and stories 

Dr Tristan Barber on healthcare and LGBT+ History Month

Joe Parry on HIV activism and medicine  

Professor Chloe Orkin the impact of LGBT+ people in medicine

Rv Macaulay as a gay priest living with HIV

"LGBT+ people historically gravitated towards those specialties where we felt we had a home."

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"We can’t discuss the history of HIV without discussing homophobia."

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"Homophobia is an important cause of marginalisation and should not be forgotten."

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"My mission is to ensure that individuals can access their medication regardless of their faith."

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Awareness Raising Materials

Below you’ll find our teaching and fundraising materials, as well as some recent National AIDS Trust reports that might be useful for LGBT+ History Month.

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National AIDS Trust is the UK’s HIV rights charity. For more than 30 years we have championed the rights of people living with HIV, while uplifting the voices of the LGBT+ community. We are still at the forefront of the fight for health equality, and we urgently need your support. You can push forward change by making a donation today or fundraising for us.   

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Over the last 20 years M·A·C has donated an incredible £2,800,000 to National AIDS Trust through the VIVA GLAM Fund and other fundraising initiatives, helping us achieve landmark successes including access to PrEP, and the expansion of opt-out testing.

In the UK and Ireland, the full recommended retail price (RRP) (less VAT) from the sale of VIVA GLAM lipsticks is donated to organisations, including National AIDS Trust, that support the health and rights of people of All Ages, All Races and All Genders. This LGBT+ History Month, you can also add a donation to National AIDS Trust at the online checkout when purchasing any M·A·C products here.