A leading sexual health charity is encouraging people to join its free membership scheme.

Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) members will be kept up to date on the latest HIV and sexual health news and will get three e-newsletters a year, keeping them informed on sexual health issues, THT’s work, campaigns and fundraising activities.

Members can vote in THT’s trustee elections.

In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk earlier this year THT’s Lisa Power explained that mass membership should help the gay community get more involved with the charity.

“We are the big kids on the block, we provide more services to more people around a lot of issues and there will be a percentage of people who don’t get what they want out of us,” she said.

“What do we do to engage the communities that we work with, and how do we go about trying to keep improving ourselves, which is one of the reasons why we are now going into proper mass membership.

“We have always had membership at THT but we haven’t ever advertised it, frankly we haven’t been doing anything to promote it for the last few years.

“We want anyone who cares about HIV and sexual health to become a member, it’s going to be free, we would be letting people take part in surveys, giving us feedback about what they think of the organisation.

“THT has a democratic base, but it’s only as democratic as the people we get into the membership, so we are going for mass membership, and one thing that the membership would do is elect our board.”

Yeba Forbang, Membership and Campaigns Officer at THT, said:

“Becoming a member of THT is quick and easy. The level of your involvement is up to you but just by signing up you’ll add your name to thousands of others who care about HIV and sexual health in the UK. If you’re interested, please join and help us to make a difference.”

Membership is open to everyone – visit www.tht.org.uk/membership to register.