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from the 1980s to 2010s

Terrence Higgins Trust - our history decade by decade.

Find out how we developed and what has happened in the global AIDS epidemic since Terrence Higgins Trust was established in 1982.

  1. 1980s
  2. 1990s
  3. 2000s
  4. 2010s


  • 1982 - Terry Higgins dies at St Thomas' Hospital. The Terry Higgins Trust is set up.
  • 1986 - The World Health Organisation (WHO) launches its global AIDS strategy.
  • 1987 - UK Government launches the 'Don't Die of Ignorance' campaign and delivers the campaign leaflet to every household.
  • 1988 - The first World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December.

See the full 1980s timeline.


  • 1990 - The red ribbon is launched as an international symbol of AIDS awareness.
  • 1993 - To mark the 10th anniversary of Terrence Higgins Trust, Jonathan Mann gives a lecture on human rights and HIV.
  • 1995 - The results of the clinical trial 'Delta' confirm that combining the drug AZT with ddI or ddC is far more effective than AZT on its own.
  • 1996 - Triple combination therapy using the protease inhibitors becomes standard treatment, replacing dual therapy.
  • 1999 - Terrence Higgins Trust leads mergers with Bridgeside in Leeds, HIV Network in Coventry, Sussex AIDS Trust in Brighton, OxAIDS in Oxford and, later in the year, with counselling organisation Red Admiral Project in London.

See full 1990s timeline.


  • 2001 - THT Direct, a new telephone advice service, launched as a pilot in London.
  • 2002 - 20th Anniversary of Terry Higgins’ death and the founding of Terrence Higgins Trust.
  • 2003 - Mohammed Dica is the first person in England to be prosecuted and convicted for the transmission of HIV.
  • 2004 - In partnership with Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust opens the first Fastest HIV testing clinic at Lighthouse West London, offering test results in one hour.
  • 2006 - THT Scotland is launched, with offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.
  • 2007 - New figures from UNAIDS show that global HIV prevalence has levelled off and the number of new infections has fallen, in part as a result of the impact of HIV programmes.
  • 2008 - UNAIDS estimates around 33 and a half million people living with HIV globally, despite reductions in new infections.
  • 2009 - Nick Partridge, chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust, is awarded a knighthood for his work in tackling HIV and AIDS in the UK.

See full 2000s timeline.


  • 2010 - Crusaid, one of the UK’s best known HIV and AIDS charities, merges with Terrence Higgins Trust - preserving the Hardship Fund, a much-needed safety net for people with HIV living in poverty.
  • 2011 - Terrence Higgins Trust launches the myHIV website with support from EJAF (Elton John AIDS Foundation).

See the full 2010s timeline.


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