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 year and a half 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.
This World AIDS, we’ll come together to remember those we’ve lost and join in solidarity with people living with HIV today. This year, we want to shine a light on the importance of HIV testing, so we help to transform the future for everyone by ending HIV transmissions.
Testing is key to ending HIV transmissions. The sooner people know their status, the quicker they can get on to treatment. Effective treatment helps people to live long, healthy lives with HIV and means they can't pass the virus on.
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.