Terrence Higgins Trust is turning 40 and we need your help.
As we work towards our goal of zero new HIV cases in the UK by 2030, we're asking community groups and individuals to raise £2,030 - or whatever you can achieve.
Whether you're part of a choir, sports team, university club or other group, your support in this mission is invaluable.
Why we're here
Forty years ago, Terry Higgins collapsed while DJing at Heaven nightclub in London. At St Thomas’ hospital on 4 July 1982, he became the first person to be named as dying with an AIDS-related illness.
His partner and friends wanted to ensure that no one else suffered like Terry, and wanted to personalise the response to this little-known virus. As a result, Terrence Higgins Trust was born.
We’re still fighting, 40 years on, for the rights of people living with and affected by HIV.
Why we're needed
Our helpline THT Direct, originally set up in 2001, is still a vital lifeline for people urgently in need of help and advice.
Our counselling and support services help people come to terms with their diagnosis and understand that now with the advent of effective treatment, they can expect to live a long, healthy life, unable to pass on the virus.
We work to fight HIV stigma across society and to educate people on the facts about HIV and how to achieve good sexual health – misinformation is often the root cause of stigma.
Our goal for 2030
As we turn 40, it’s a historic time for us. We’re now focused on an incredible goal: ending new cases of HIV by 2030.
This is possible, but by no means certain. Without our campaigns to hold the Government on track to ensure all parts of the NHS and public health bodies are working together using every tool we have, it will not happen. Without our prevention work to ensure everyone who needs an HIV test can get one, it won’t be done.
But we can’t do it without you.
How you can help
To commemorate 40 years, we’re asking groups like yours to join us to help make the 2030 zero HIV cases goal a reality. We want you to raise £2,030 (or whatever you can achieve) to help continue our important work.
£2,030 could go towards funding:
- 81,200 packs of condoms that our outreach teams can provide to the public
- 500 placards for the Together for 2030 march and rally – the HIV sector’s public campaign for more government action
- 190 free HIV self testing kits for first-time testers and at-risk communities to help find the 5,150 people living with undiagnosed HIV
- 150 Positive Voices talks where people living with HIV talk to schools, hospital staff, care home workers and community groups to challenge stigma
- 40 people receiving 10 sessions of face-to-face counselling
- 20 volunteers to be trained to staff THT Direct, the HIV and sexual health helpline
- 15 hardships grants for people living with HIV but currently struggling
- 2 years support for the My Community Forum, our peer support network and safe space for people living with HIV
- 1 e-campaign that would ensure every MP is spoken to about the 2030 goal and told what they can do to make it happen.