Forty years ago we heard of the first reported cases of what we now know as HIV. That changed the world forever and millions of lives have been lost. But we’ve also made incredible medical progress since then that means you can now live a long, healthy life with HIV.

Produced in partnership with ITN Productions, this special production marks the 40th anniversary of the first AIDS related death in the UK and looks at the medical and social milestones across the past four decades.

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Ian Green in Looking back at 40 years of HIV video

In this excerpt, Ian Green, Chief Executive at Terrence Higgins Trust, talks about the devastation of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and remembers those lost to the epidemic. He’s joined by Anne Aslett, CEO of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, who talks about the global fight against HIV; while Dr Laura Waters, Chair of the British HIV Association, highlights all of the medical progress that’s been made – including that those on effective HIV treatment can’t pass the virus on.

You can watch the full HIV at 40 video series on YouTube.

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