Empowering a new generation: HIV and young gay men

It has been thirty years since the HIV virus was discovered, and despite great progress, more people are contracting HIV in the UK than ever before. In addition, as was true at the start of the epidemic, it is still gay men who are disproportionately affected. Worryingly, diagnoses among young gay men have doubled in 10 years. The lack of progress in reducing HIV transmissions is unacceptable, and urgently requires renewed leadership from local and national government.

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.

NAT Welcomes Review of PSHE but Questions Commitment to Young Gay Men

Publication date

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Young gay men need same level of sex and relationships education as their heterosexual peers.

In response to Sir Alasdair Macdonald’s Independent Review of the proposal to make PSHE statutory Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of NAT, comments:
“I am pleased the Government is continuing with its plan to make PSHE compulsory in schools. It is right that every child is equipped with the information they need to make responsible decisions about their relationships.

NAT Welcomes Compulsory Sex and Relationships Education as part of the National Curriculum

Publication date

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE education) will be made compulsory in schools from September 2011

Ed Balls confirmed today that personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education) including sex and relationships education, will be made compulsory in schools from September 2011.

Government has 70 days to deliver promises on sex education and equality

Publication date

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Queen’s Speech marks just 70 days left of the current Parliament before a general election must be held.

Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of NAT (National AIDS Trust), comments;

The clock is now ticking for the Government to deliver its commitment to make personal, social and health education compulsory in schools and to see through its equality legislation...

Young Gay Men Let Down by Scrapping of Compulsory Sex and Relationship Education

Publication date

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Clauses in the Children, Schools and Families Bill dropped in the pre-election ‘wash-up’

Yesterday clauses in the Children, Schools and Families Bill were dropped in the pre-election ‘wash-up’. This means proposals for compulsory sex and relationship education for students in England have been scrapped.

Open letter to the Pope from NAT and FPA

Publication date

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Irresponsible and discriminatory statements and teachings on sexuality, sexual health and well-being, are putting men and women’s health and lives in danger.

“Irresponsible and discriminatory statements and teachings on sexuality, sexual health and well-being, are putting men and women’s health and lives in danger,” say two of the UK’s leading charities FPA (Family Planning Association) and NAT (National AIDS Trust)  in an open letter about Pope Benedict XVI views on sexual health on the eve of his first visit to the UK.

SRE Supplementary Advice published: NAT comments.

Publication date

Friday, February 28, 2014
Deborah Jack, chief executive, NAT (National AIDS Trust) response to the publishing of supplementary advice for schools on SRE for the 21st Century by the Sex Education Forum, Brook and the PSHE Association: “NAT welcomes this important piece of guidance for schools, which is an crucial step towards ensuring that young people receive a comprehensive education around the issues of consent, pornography and healthy relationships.