Issues we work on

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Rights, equality and discrimination

Rights, Equality & Discrimination

The issue: 

HIV stigma leads to discrimination and affects the way that many people living with HIV feel about themselves. It drives the epidemic because it stops people talking about HIV, getting tested and accessing treatment. Discrimination in employment, in services and even in healthcare is all too common, despite being illegal. 

What we do: 

National AIDS Trust challenges stigma and seeks to make society more equal for people living with HIV. We monitor knowledge and attitudes towards HIV and use our research on how to challenge stigma to drive change. Where we find discrimination we campaign for policy change or try to change practice. We give advice and support to HIV organisations that support people experiencing HIV discrimination via our Discrimination Helpline for HIV Support Staff.


Check out our latest resources on this topic below: 

Blog

Maurice Greenham long-term HIV survivor, diagnosed in 1980s.
Maurice Greenham speaks to Sean O’Neill, National AIDS Trust’s Community Engagement Officer, about living with HIV long-term as we mark...
By Kat Smithson, Director of Policy Today the Government announced rule changes that will allow more gay and bisexual men...
By Kat Smithson, Director of Policy HIV warnings on the Police National Computer (PNC) are not backed up by science...

Press Releases

The Government and NHS are failing migrants in the UK living with or at risk...
Deborah Gold, Chief Executive of National AIDS Trust, said: “We welcome the changes made today...
National AIDS Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) and The Love Tank are backing the wide...

Publications

HIV and migration: Understanding the barriers faced by people born abroad living with HIV in the UK
HIV and the police: poster abstract
Presented at the 5th Joint Conference of the British HIV Association (BHIVA) with the British...
HIV perspective on the ‘Nordic’ or ‘end-demand’ model
Briefing paper from National AIDS Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust and The Love Tank, April 2021...

Real Stories

"They saw the medication and started to make assumptions." I am an African woman in...
"Being able to disclose at work has made a huge difference." I have been very...
"HIV does not define me, nor will I allow it to determine my future." I...

Teachers' Resources

This CHIVA guidance addresses the pastoral care needs of children living with HIV in schools...

Further information

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