The UK’s National AIDS Trust (NAT) is celebrating its 25th anniversary today with a new campaign film.
It illustrates how the HIV epidemic has changed over the past quarter of a century and how NAT has made a difference to the lives of people living with HIV.
Gay and bisexual men remain disproportionately affected by the virus.
Figures show one in 20 gay men in the UK is living with HIV and this rises to around one in 10 in London.
The film features Lord Norman Fowler who was secretary of state for health in the eighties, and a number of people living with HIV who share their experiences and explain why NAT matters to them.
NAT’s Chief Executive Deborah Jack said:
“The past few decades have seen immense change and there is much to be proud of in terms of the UK’s response to HIV.
“However, important challenges still remain – such as the number of people who remain undiagnosed, and stigma and discrimination – so our HIV policy and campaigning work remains vital in ensuring people living with HIV are diagnosed early, and treated fairly and with respect and justice”.