World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December every year to raise awareness of the fight against HIV/AIDS and show support to the HIV community. It's estimated that over 36.5 million people across the world are living with HIV.
HIV in the UK
It is estimated around 101,200 people were living with HIV in the UK in 2015.
In England, an estimated 89,400 people are living with HIV, with around 12% unaware they are HIV positive.
FPA supports National HIV Testing Week, which took place from 18–24 November 2017, to help increase testing and reduce stigma around HIV.
View the latest data on HIV in the UK from Public Health England.
The People Living With HIV Stigma Index UK
FPA has been working with Public Health England and the People Living With HIV Stigma Index since 2009 to gather vital information about the stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV.
In 2015, more than 1,500 people from around the UK completed a survey about their experiences, including in health care, employment and faith settings, and their life with partners, family and friends. The results of the project were released to mark World AIDS Day in 2015. In 2017, we surveyed young people about their experience living with HIV. Results of this survey will be published in 2018.
How FPA can help you
FPA provides help and advice on HIV and testing including information on prevention, treatment, and pathways to testing care and support. We also cover how to help protect yourself from HIV and enjoy safer sex.
An FPA HIV information booklet is available as part of our series of booklets for health professionals.
Our FPA condom demonstrator and contraceptive display kit have helped hundreds of professionals to promote safer sex. Developed with the knowledge and experience of FPA staff, they are some of our most popular resources.
How we're fighting HIV stigma
We've contributed to HIV Scotland’s National Anti-Stigma Strategy, launched in November 2017.
We've partnered with the Children’s HIV Association and National Children’s Bureau to campaign for better school life for young people living with HIV in the UK. Schools should be a safe place, free from stigma, discrimination and bullying, providing accurate information about HIV.
Resource for schools and teachers
Prevention access campaign
FPA supports Prevention Access Campaign’s message U=U – undetectable = untransmittable.
"U=U is a simple but hugely important campaign based on a solid foundation of scientific evidence. It has already been successful in influencing public opinion, causing more people with HIV (and their friends and families) to comprehend that they can live long, healthy lives, have children, and never have to worry about passing on their infection to others. The CDC officially backing the science behind the campaign is another key step towards U=U being the most important message of 2017 in the fight against HIV."
The Lancet (November, 2017)
The U=U consensus statement highlights both the science behind U=U and the individuals and organisations internationally that have endorsed the statement.
World AIDS Day website
Visit the World AIDS Day website for more information on how to get involved.