HIV infection has many faces, but the one we come across most often is terrified, devastated and confused. News of the infection can seem like the end of the world, but we see it as the beginning of a shared journey. The disease affects tens of millions people worldwide. In the UK there are about 6,500 new cases of HIV every year, with approximately 134,000 HIV-positive people currently residing in the UK.
Many people living with HIV talk suffer from guilt, embarrassment and shame due to the high levels of stigma associated with this condition. This can adversely affect the levels of support they receive, from family, friends and professionals alike. This stigma is one of the main barriers to people taking a HIV test and receiving an early diagnosis. We want to stop discrimination across the board and make support available for all those who are HIV-positive or who have AIDS.