Fighting HIV Stigma and Proud

Community organisations from across the city are uniting in the fight against HIV stigma for the Pride in London parade on Saturday 1st July 2023.

London authorities have committed through the Fast-Track Cities initiative to ending HIV stigma in the city. This Pride month, Fast-Track Cities London are highlighting the work of LGBTQ+ and HIV community groups working tirelessly to make this happen.

2021’s joint national survey "HIV: Public knowledge and attitudes" from Fast-Track Cities London and National AIDS Trust found many examples of outdated and incorrect views which contribute towards stigma faced by people living with HIV:

· Only 1 in 5 people in London know that people on effective HIV treatment can’t pass it on.

· 83 per cent agree people with HIV often face negative judgement from others in society.

· Most of the public said they would be uncomfortable having a sexual relationship with someone living with HIV.

Coordinated by Fast Track Cities London we are proud to be taking part in the Pride in London parade to #FightHIVStigma alongside our friends at London parade to #FightHIVStigma include: National AIDS Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust, Positively UK, Positive East, Food Chain, Spectra, NAM aidsmap, CliniQ, Africa Advocacy Foundation, Sophia Forum, NAZ and the People First Charter.

Our Mark Delacour, Director External Affairs said: "We are proud to unite together to fight HIV stigma as we celebrate Pride in London! Standing on the shoulders of LGBTQ+ and HIV activists who have been at the heart of our fight against HIV. Through our HIV support services we directly see the impact of stigma around HIV. Together we can eliminate stigma ensuring our communities are confident to test regularly, access treatment early and are free to live their lives to the fullest."

The Fast-Track Cities initiative is a partnership of organisations, including the Mayor of London, NHS England, UK Health Security Agency and London Councils committed to working with partners across the city to reach the following goals by 2030:

· End new HIV infections in the capital

· Put a stop to HIV-related stigma and discrimination

· Stop preventable deaths from HIV-related causes

· Work to improve the health, quality of life and well-being of people living with HIV across the capital

For more information contact Maria Vidal-Read, Head of Programme – Fast Track Cities London or visit their website.