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

By Tamara Manuel In 2019, 62% of all new HIV diagnoses in the UK were among migrants.[1] People born abroad...
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...

Press Releases

FTCI NAT logos.PNG Media Folder blog-attachments Stigma, discrimination and lack of understanding about HIV persist...
As a coalition of HIV and sexual health charities, we want to underscore our absolute...
The Government and NHS are failing migrants in the UK living with or at risk...

Publications

HIV perspective on the ‘Nordic’ or ‘end-demand’ model
Briefing paper from National AIDS Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust and The Love Tank, April 2021...
HIV and the police: case studies exploring local responses to HIV stigma in the police

Real Stories

"People in my world didn't have the resources of information to accept my diagnosis the...
"One of the doctors had described me as 'uncultured' in my medical notes. This made...
"They had only seen reports in the media about HIV in third world countries." My...

Teachers' Resources

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