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Lisa Power

Policy Director, Terrence Higgins Trust

Lisa Power has been withTerrence Higgins Trust since 1996. She developed the organisation’s work on (then new) HIV treatments and with African communities in the UK. In 1999 she established a team to manage THT’s high profile policy and campaigning work. Their publications include research into ageing and HIV, stigma and discrimination, experiences of living with HIV and a range of policy booklets and briefings. She is also responsible for THT’s membership and for the involvement of people with HIV within THT.

Lisa has been consistently involved in human rights campaigns for the past 25 years, first as a writer and activist for lesbian and gay rights and since the 1980s in HIV and sexual health. She was a Founder Member of the Stonewall Group, the UK’s leading gay rights lobby group, and was General Secretary of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, being the first lesbian or gay person to speak at the United Nations on behalf of gay rights. She was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to sexual health and the LGBT community.

"What Do You Do, Now You've Cured the AIDS?"

That's what a hospital consultant asked a colleague of mine (in for a minor operation) last week. And if a highly educated health specialist in a major London hospital's got such a false picture of HIV - still incurable, by the way - what hope do we have with the general public?
29/04/2013 12:18 BST

Ready to Be Tested? England's First National HIV Testing Week Starts Today

Have you ever been at risk of HIV? Most people think they haven't, and quite a few of you are wrong. In fact, around 25,000 of you in the UK are so wrong that you're walking around with HIV without knowing it. If you're one of those 25,000 (and let's face it, that's much better odds than winning the Lottery, which many of us hope to do) then you are risking your own health and life, and you may well be unwittingly putting others at risk too.
23/11/2012 17:02 GMT

It’s Not an Elephant in the Corner of the Room, it’s a Virus

We all like to believe that history is progress; that things get better, that we learn as we go on. Well, this World AIDS Day, we can see that it isn't always so. 25 years on from those huge tombstone ads saying "Don't Die Of Ignorance", some people are still dying in the UK because they don't get tested for HIV till it's too late. And people are still getting HIV through ignorance of their personal risk.
30/11/2011 22:39 GMT