Gordon and Sarah Brown held a reception at Downing St last night in honour of the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).

The charity, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is the leading HIV and AIDS charity in the UK, and the largest in Europe.

Mr Brown spoke to young doctors, politicians and young people living with HIV at the reception.

“For Sarah and me it is a genuine privilege to invite you to Downing St this evening to thank you for what you are doing and to celebrate 25 years of achievement,” he said.

“25 years in which you have attacked prejudice, in which you have made huge advances in medical treatment, in which you have changed the way the UK thinks about AIDS.

“We look for an end to the prejudice and discrimination you have talked about this evening.”

Mr and Mrs Brown were joined by singer Dannii Minogue, THT ambassador for young people, and people working with the charity to devise a new style of sex education for 13 to 19-year-olds.

The Terrence Higgins Trust was established as a charity in 1982 and is named after one of the first people in the UK to die with AIDS.

To see the YouTube video about last night’s event scroll down.