The Hepatitis C Trust and NAT respond to police spit hoods debate

Publication date

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Hepatitis C Trust and NAT (National AIDS Trust) have expressed concern about recent press coverage around the use of 'spit hoods' by police forces in the UK that has focused on their supposed value in preventing hepatitis C and HIV transmission.

Both organisations wish to make clear that hepatitis C and HIV cannot be transmitted via spitting. Suggestions to the contrary are not only incorrect, but are hugely damaging as they reinforce existing stigma and misconceptions that surround both viruses.

Setback in the battle for SRE

Yesterday, Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education, wrote a letter to fellow conservative MP, Neil Carmichael, outlining why her Government won't be accepting his calls as Chair of the Education Select Committee for compulsory SRE and PSHE.

Over 90 percent of the british public do not fully understand how hiv is transmitted

Publication date

Thursday, January 17, 2008
The National AIDS Trust announces today [17 January], findings from their Public Attitudes Towards HIV Survey, which shows more than 1 out of 5 people in the UK cannot identify each of the main ways in which HIV is transmitted.  And only 6 per cent surveyed were able to correctly identify all of the ways HIV was transmitted, without any false responses.

Government’s review of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education in England - NAT comment.

Publication date

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of NAT (National AIDS Trust) said of the Government’s review of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education in England released today (21 March 2013):

“Today the Government has released the long-awaited findings from the review of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education in England, which went out to consultation in November 2011. 

“Unfortunately the lack of commitment and investment in sex and relationships education evident in the Government response to the review is in stark contrast to the ambitions set forth a mere week ago in the Sexual Health Improvement Framework. In that framework the Government stated its ambition for young people to ‘receive good-quality sex and relationship education at home, at school and in the community’.