The raTrust's dual aims are to reduce the spread of HIV and STIs while seeking an end to the stigma and discrimination faced by those who are HIV-positive or have AIDS. We use direct contact, education, printed information, advertising and social media to spread our message. In the near future we will also be lobbying local and national government, as well as working with groups and services who provide health and social care for those at risk of and who have contracted STIs or HIV.
We aim to provide access to information and free educational materials about sexuality and sexual health for all, regardless of age, sex or sexuality. We will provide information about all forms of contraception and safe sex, allowing people to make the right choices for themselves. We want to increase awareness of risky and irresponsible sexual behaviour as part of our campaign to reduce the amount of new STIs infections through targeted and effective information.
Our vision, along with thousands around UK and millions around the world, is to create an HIV/AIDS-free future through science, support and compassion. 21% of people living with HIV in the UK have experienced some form of harassment or assault because of their status. 79% of people living with HIV are afraid of discrimination after making their status known.
Simply put, we are playing a part in a world where there are no more HIV infections, no more AIDS deaths, no more stigma and discrimination toward people affected by HIV/AIDS.
We have made it our mission from the start to support those who are stigmatised by society, whether that is because they are living with or at high risk of HIV. Only by making sure that no one is left behind can we get closer to achieving an HIV/AIDS-free future.
We want to promote the health, safety, civil and human rights of sex workers, including the right to live free from violence, intimidation, coercion or exploitation. We believe that they should be able to work safely and receive high-quality health and social services in an environment of both trust and confidentiality, without discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, culture or religion.
We also want to reach out to women and men who are trapped in sex work, supporting them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction. We will also make sure that workers who stay in the sex trade will have access to healthcare, condoms and our support at any stage of their lives.
Last updated April 14, 2018