Our aim is to support people living with HIV in the UK. Together we can:
- Help people living with HIV to lead happy, healthy lives.
- Smash HIV stigma.
- Make the future free from HIV transmission.
- Reduce isolation and loneliness.
- Create a better future for everyone affected by HIV.
The past couple of years has been an especially difficult time for many of the people that use our services. It was hard for all of us as we navigated the pandemic, but there were particular challenges for people living with HIV.
As we saw a dramatic increase in demand for many of our services, from counselling to our free helpline THT Direct, we quickly moved to ensure our services have been available when people need them. We moved many of them online, including counselling and support.
Throughout the pandemic, more people living with HIV have struggled to afford their basic needs, such as food, clothing, or travel to attend a doctor’s appointment or hospital visit. The unemployment rate for people living with HIV is already three times the national average at 15%.
In response, we increased our emergency Hardship Fund grants to people living with HIV who are struggling to afford these basic necessities. Throughout the year, we provided 538 vital grants.
Donations and fundraising events help keep our Hardship Fund running - we couldn’t have done it all without you. The past two years have shown us how much we can make a difference when we all come together and unite.
Will you help support our vital work to get more people testing through awareness campaigns and our programme to provide free HIV self tests?
Your support has meant that, over the last year, we were able to distribute 40,800 postal HIV tests to people who urgently need them.
We were able to answer 13,752 calls for help and accurate information around HIV and sexual health through our free helpline THT Direct. This vital lifeline is there to providing support and advice to people after having an HIV test, especially vital to those who’ve been newly diagnosed, so they have the right support and advice to get onto treatment straight away if they need it, and helping end new HIV transmissions.
Will you help keep THT Direct going as we emerge from the pandemic? Together we can ensure that people living with HIV have access to advice and information.
Over the year, we were able to offer counselling, emotional support and group work online in a one-stop shop, Terrence Higgins Trust At Home, which included wellbeing workshops on Zoom and free online counselling for anyone living with HIV.
Will you be there so every person living with HIV has access to the support they need?
Together we can change history and help end HIV transmission in the UK by 2030.
Where your money goes
When you support us, you show your support to every person living with HIV in the UK. Every penny you donate makes a difference to their lives, creates positive change to bring stigma to an end and take us one step closer to ending HIV transmissions. Thank you.
Right now the money you raise is more crucial than ever as we work hard to finally bring an end to HIV transmissions in the UK. Our services have been a lifeline for people living with HIV during the pandemic, and with your help we’ve been able to increase access to our THT Direct helpline, Hardship Fund and My Community Forum, as well as launch vital new services such as our peer support for newly diagnosed people.
Below are some more examples of how your donations can help support us in our mission, and provide comfort and support for people living with and affected by HIV, particularly through these tough times. Together we can ensure that no one is left behind.
- £10.74 could cover the cost of one HIV self-test kit. The sooner people know their status, the quicker they can get access to medication and support to live full and healthy lives.
- £50 could pay for just over a month’s training for five THT Direct volunteers to provide emotional support and essential information about HIV and sexual health. THT Direct is an invaluable lifeline that helps nearly 20,000 vulnerable people each year.
- £150 could support the training and development of a Positive Voices speaker - a community project where people living with HIV share their personal stories to raise awareness and stop stigma.
- £500 could pay for 21 one-hour online counselling sessions to support people living with or affected by HIV.
- £1,000 could pay for just under a whole year’s costs to maintain the My Community Forum peer support network, which has been a safe space for sharing and asking questions for many people living with HIV during the coronavirus pandemic.