Portrait of Maurice smiling in garden

For those recently diagnosed or having difficulty coming to terms with their HIV diagnosis, peer support is a vital lifeline in learning how to live well with HIV, and cope with stigma around HIV. Being able to share experiences with someone who knows exactly what you're going through can make all the difference.

Access to support also has a big impact on whether someone stays on treatment, so they can live well and stay undetectable and unable to pass on the virus. You can help.

Maurice was diagnosed with HIV in the 1980s, an era marked by stigma, shame and misinformation. Many people that were diagnosed at a similar time to Maurice had to face incredibly difficult challenges alone.

Thanks to Terrence Higgins Trust and our amazing supporters, Maurice was able to connect with people like him, through our Before 1996 peer support community.

‛The group has been very supportive’ says Maurice. ‛I love learning from other people, and it is important to hear positive voices as so many long-term survivors have not had a good time and are in very difficult situations whether for financial or health reasons.

‛I am happy to share my story because I believe that each person who speaks out about their status, makes it easier for the next; and the more of us who speak out, the greater presence we have.’

Help bring people together


They are many people living with HIV feeling isolated and facing stigma every single day. But they don’t have to feel alone. There are more people who need support, more people we need to reach.

Together we can stop stigma, and ensure people are able to access the treatment and support they need.

  • Your donation of £5 could help our outreach teams give out condoms, along with advice, support and education around HIV.
  • Your donation of £15 could cover the cost of an HIV self test kit.
  • Your donation of £50 could help a person living with HIV train to be a peer support volunteer.

Being able to connect and talk to people with shared experiences is life changing to those living with HIV.

‛Life is going pretty well at the moment,‛ says Maurice. ‛Every day is different. I try to keep active and fully engaged. Regular, meaningful involvement with people is key for me. I celebrate the fact I am in my 80’s because regardless of HIV, to reach 80 is itself an achievement!’

Today, together with his community, and Terrence Higgins Trust at his side, Maurice campaigns for the rights and welfare of people living with HIV.

Will you make a donation to help people like Maurice?