Terrence Higgins Trust has always been at the forefront of the fight against HIV and AIDS. Since it was formed, the needs of people living with and affected by HIV have been fundamental to its development.
The charity’s roots were in the gay community. For many years the HIV epidemic in the UK affected mainly gay men. As the shape of the epidemic here has changed, so has Terrence Higgins Trust. More African people living in the UK are diagnosed with HIV than gay men each year now, though the majority of new infections continue to be among gay men. Existing services have been developed and new services introduced to meet ever changing needs.
Terrence Higgins Trust is committed to four core aims:
- End HIV transmission in the UK
- Empower people to live well with HIV
- Amplify the voices of people living with, and affected by HIV
- Improve sexual health
We do this by supporting people living with HIV and ensure their voices are heard, providing testing services for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and helping the people using our services to achieve good sexual health.
As well as provide services, we campaign on issues from relationships and sex education in schools to the proper funding of HIV services.