The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is calling on anyone who has HIV or is affected by it to share their stories on a new website.
The website, worldaidsday.org, is designed to show the reality of living with HIV, from relationships to medication and health. Those affected by the disease can submit their own experiences for publication.
World AIDS Day is on December 1st and stories will be added to the site as the date draws closer.
NAT is welcoming anyone who has the disease, has a family member, partner or friend with it, or people who have experience HIV-related discrimination. People can submit written stories, which can be anonymous, or send in video testimonials.
Deborah Jack, the chief executive of NAT, said that the best way to educate people about the issue is by sharing stories.
She urged gay men to get involved with the project, citing the high levels of infection among the gay population.
Jack added: “For World AIDS Day this year we want to communicate the reality of HIV in the UK today. We know from research that whilst the number of people living with HIV in the UK is increasing knowledge about HIV is declining. There are still many myths about HIV and we are often asked what is it like to live with HIV now there are new treatments. The best way to communicate the reality is through people who are affected sharing their own personal stories.
“We hope many gay men will take part. One in 20 gay men are living with HIV in the UK and those who are not living with HIV may want to share their experiences of being in a relationship with someone with HIV or going for a test. These are important stories to help educate younger gay men and make them think about HIV.”