National Aids Trust 30th Birthday
10 November 2017
The National AIDS Trust (NAT) launched the Let's End It campaign in September 2017, at an event in the House of Lords that marks the 30th year of the charity working at the forefront of the UK’s response to HIV. Let's End It sets a goal to end the growth of the HIV epidemic and the continued stigma surrounding HIV before another 30 years pass by.
NAT made headlines in 2016 after successfully challenging NHS England in court after plans to provide the HIV prevention drug PrEP on the NHS were abandoned. Over the years the actions of the charity, which works on HIV-related policy and campaigns for change, have safeguarded people with HIV against employment discrimination, ended the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood, and ensured free HIV treatment for all in the UK regardless of immigration status.
Deborah Gold, Chief Executive of NAT, said:
“30 years after NAT was founded, it is important to look forward as well as at our past. We share in the excitement over falling rates of HIV diagnosis in certain locations and certain demographics – we now have the opportunity to turn the tide with HIV. Our organisation exists to make sure we take these opportunities, but critical challenges remain and our job is far from done.
For 30 years, our supporters have helped us fight HIV. Now, let’s end it.”
- We changed the law to protect people living with HIV from discrimination.
- We stopped employers from asking if you have HIV before you get a job, and protected you in your job.
- Because of us, everyone in the UK can access free HIV treatment, wherever they are from. Now, more than 78% of people living with HIV are doing well on treatment and can’t pass the virus on because of their medication.
- We made sure that police and prosecutors must follow strict guidelines when responding to complaints about HIV transmission.
- We increased access to safe donated blood by ending the discriminatory lifetime ban on gay men.
- In order to reduce poverty, we convinced the Government to change how they interview people who need benefits because people living with people HIV have symptoms that vary from day to day.
- When an HIV prevention pill became available we fought to make sure you could get it. And we won.