Issues we work on

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Immigration and asylum

Immigration & asylum

The issue: 

Migrants and asylum seekers are often marginalised in the UK and hostile immigration policy forces many into destitution and stops them from being able to access the healthcare they need. Migrant populations in the UK are disproportionately affected by HIV. Many acquire HIV after arrival in the UK and migrants living with HIV are more likely to be diagnosed late. Asylum seekers detained in immigration removal centres also frequently become more ill as a direct result of detention. 

What we do: 

National AIDS Trust challenges unfair policies which have a negative impact on the health of people living with HIV or that out people at greater risk. We work with partners to defend the rights of migrants in the UK. We make key groups aware of their entitlement to HIV treatment on the NHS; we campaign for effective implementation of universal treatment and for people arriving in the UK to have fast access to HIV testing and treatment. 

Check out our latest resources on this topic below: 


Yusef Azad
Confidentiality of patient information is one of the most ancient and important principles of medicine. If doctors tell other people...
Sarah Radcliffe
The plight of refugees has been a high profile issue in the news, on social media and in the streets...
Sarah Radcliffe
In a special blog for Refugee Week, we reflect on how UK asylum policy has shaped – and sometimes undermined...

Press Releases

The House of Commons Health & Social Care Committee has, for a second time, called...
NAT (National AIDS Trust) is launching the Let's End It campaign today at an event...
Yusef Azad, Director of Strategy, said: “We strongly disagree with the decision by the NHS...


Policy Briefing: Access to formula milk for mothers living with HIV in the UK
Who has to pay?
How NHS overseas visitors charges apply to migrants and asylum seekers in England

Real Stories

"The system itself is difficult and it has been made more difficult." Once my immigration...
"I'm really in a poor state and now with the winter coming, I don't know...
"The reality that you have to live with it for life was very daunting."

Online Guides

Teachers' Resources