Terrence Higgins Trust

We Need The World To See Red

Ian Green | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Green

Today Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity, proudly unveils its theme for this year's World AIDS Day on Friday 1st December - #SeeRed. See Red is, of course, a reference to the famous red ribbon that represents the fight against AIDS. It's also a call for people to join us in vowing to work together to stop the spread of HIV.

PrEP In England Is Coming - We Must Now Make Sure No-one At Risk Of HIV Is Left Behind

Ian Green | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Ian Green

We must not underestimate the power of PrEP.  In 29 days time, we could be marking the beginning of the end for HIV transmission in England, once PrEP is being put to use alongside other HIV prevention tools, such as condoms, testing and treatment. Every day that passes without access to PrEP, more people are being diagnosed with a highly stigmatised and lifelong condition. They will need to take medication for the rest of their lives, and are likely to face stigma and discrimination because of their HIV status.

Rules On Gay Men Donating Blood To Be Relaxed Under Equalities Reform

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK

Rules on blood donation by gay men are to be relaxed under equalities reforms announced by the Government. As part of a shake-up announced by educatio...

Boys Are Being Denied A Vaccine That Prevents Cancer. Why Is This Being Allowed To Happen?

Ian Green | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Green

It presumes all boys have sex with girls, which they don't, and that all these boys have sex with girls from the UK who have had the vaccine. Again, they don't. By not vaccinating boys we are leaving men, mainly gay men, at risk of preventable cancers. And it's costing lives.

I Am Not A Risk. I'm Healthy, Happily Married And I Cannot Pass On HIV

Ian Green | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Green

In our YouGov survey, which has come out today, we found that nearly 40% of the public would be uncomfortable going on a date with someone on effective HIV treatment, while 1 in 3 would be uncomfortable giving them First Aid if they needed help.

Two In Five People 'Would Feel Uncomfortable Dating Someone With HIV On Effective Treatment'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

HIV treatment has come a long way since the 80s, to the point where there’s no risk of contracting the disease from someone if they’ve been underg...

9 Learnings From BBC One's 'The Truth About HIV'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Roughly 100,000 people live with HIV in the UK, with 6,000 new infections occurring every year. In ‘The Truth About HIV’, which airs on BBC One on...

Scotland Has Made History With Bold Decision On HIV Drug PrEP - But How Long Until The Rest Of The UK Catches Up?

Ian Green | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK
Ian Green

By delivering this treatment on the NHS to those most at risk - and combining it with other vital tools in our HIV prevention armoury, such as condom use, regular testing, and early diagnosis and treatment - this could mark the beginning of the end for HIV transmission in Scotland.

Olly Alexander Says His Sex Ed Was So Bad, He Had 'No Idea How Gay People Had Sex'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander says his sex education at school was so bad, he had “no idea how gay people had sex”. “I didn’t underst...

Hundreds Of Students Make An MP Their Valentine To Demand Better LGBT Sex Education

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Hundreds of MPs have woken up this morning to Valentine’s Day cards from LGBT students demanding compulsory sex and relationships education in schoo...

This Valentine's Day, It's Time To Tackle Unrealistic Depictions Of Sex And Relationships

Ian Green | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Ian Green

It's hard to fathom that it's 2017, and Sex Education is still being brushed under the carpet by our government. We're still hearing those classic moral panics about schools 'promoting' homosexuality or underage sex as excuses not to make it mandatory in every school.

'People With HIV Regularly Face Stigma' - Charity On Man Who Was Reportedly Refused A Tattoo

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A top charity whose role it is - among other things - to reduce stigma around people with HIV, has spoken out after a man was reportedly refused a tat...

Uncharted Territory: What It's Like To Be Part Of The First Generation To Grow Older With HIV

Ian Green | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Ian Green

So this is the first time we've seen people grow older with HIV on such a scale. Thirty years after the AIDS crisis took so many precious lives from us, it is extraordinarily positive to see this progress - but there are a lot of unknowns facing those of us growing older with HIV.

Hundreds Call On MPs In Just 24 Hours After Tories Block New Compulsory Sex Education Push

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Hundreds of people have written to their local MPs in the first 24 hours of a Barnardo’s campaign demanding compulsory sex and relationships educati...

World AIDS Day: Everything's Changed, Nothing's Changed

Ian Green | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Ian Green

HIV no longer has to prevent people living normal, happy and long lives - but we know that it does. There is still no cure, and without treatment, people will die. Meanwhile HIV services are being cut, stigma is rife, and we're now facing the first generation of people to grow old with HIV. We can't stop now - it's not over. On World AIDS Day at Terrence Higgins Trust, we're still fighting, still caring and still wearing our red ribbons with pride. It may be just one day out of 365 - but thank goodness we've got that one day.

In 1983, I Used A False Name To Get Tested For HIV. Today, It's Something To Be Proud Of

Ian Green | Posted 19.11.2016 | UK
Ian Green

I was eventually diagnosed with HIV in 1996. I must have had about 20 or 30 negative HIV test results by then. It's not enough to know your last test was negative - if you've taken a risk since then, you could be living with undiagnosed HIV.

It's 2015 And These Are The Names People With HIV Are Being Called

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK

Today is World AIDS Day 2015, yet the names people are called who carry the HIV virus shows that there is still stigma attached to the condition. ...

The Sun's Coverage Of A-List Actor's HIV Status Is Reminiscent Of The 1980s

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK

The Sun newspaper has been criticised for stigmatising HIV after speculating on the status of a "superstar" Hollywood actor on its front page on Wedne...

The Case for Extending the HPV Vaccine Is Clear and Urgent

Dr Shaun Griffin | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK
Dr Shaun Griffin

We believe that the HPV vaccine should be extended to all boys irrespective of their sexuality and to MSM as a matter of urgency. This is why we are working with other health organisations as a member of HPV Action to call for the school HPV vaccination programme to include boys as well as girls.

'Cycle Of Poverty' For People With HIV

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK

A charity has pointed the finger at government cuts for the "cycle of poverty" facing people with HIV. The Terrence Higgins Trust it was a "disgrac...

Facing My Taboo of STIs

James Emtage | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Emtage

We've all just got to get over this. In a society where access to medication and medical staff is freely available, it is not only our right to get ourselves checked out, but our duty.

A Future for Health-Activism

Rupert Whitaker | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Whitaker

In the fray, be aware and protect your biggest assets, which are integrity, transparency, authenticity, courage, cohesion, creativity, an acting on social values, ethical independence, a willingness to learn, and a lack of shame.

Almost Half A Million Under-25s Have STIs in England

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

New sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have risen to almost half a million in England with people aged under 25 experiencing the highest rates. ...

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

Lisa Power | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Power

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?

Is the UK Ready for HIV Home Testing Kits?

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

Legal in the US for some time now, the self-test kit has been a focus of some controversy in the UK, and has been illegal for many years. You are, though, allowed to sample your own blood at home, and then send it off to an accredited laboratory (privately, of course).