On 4 July 1982, Terry Higgins was one of the first people in the UK to die of an AIDS-related illness – due to the bravery of his partner he was the first to be named. By honouring Terry in the title of the trust, the founder members – his partner and friends – hoped to personalise and humanise AIDS in a very public way.

Early volunteers and staff established the helpline, the Buddy scheme, counselling, legal advice and a hardship fund. As the epidemic changed, so did the organisation and our services.

Today the advice line THT Direct is a one-stop shop for many. We also support people living with HIV with a hardship fund, counselling, work support, peer-to-peer support to come to terms with their diagnosis, and we campaign for change.

Together we can end new cases of HIV by 2030, support people living with HIV and impacted by poor sexual health.


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