Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) attended Brighton Pride on Saturday (August 5) to help bust HIV stigma and myths within the local communities.
THT the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity wants everyone to know that people on effective HIV treatment cannot pass on the virus – and that was their message.
Using the hashtag #CantPassItOn, an army of THT volunteers paraded with placards and banners and help bring an end to stigma around HIV.
A major survey by THT found that only 11% of people from the South East are aware of this fact, which is proven by scientific research.
The survey also found that one in three (31%) of people in the South East would feel uncomfortable giving First Aid to someone living with HIV who is on effective treatment, while 38% would be uncomfortable going on a date with someone living with HIV who is on effective treatment, and 1 in 5 felt the same way about playing contact sport.
Ben Bloom, Health Promotion Coordinator at THT, said: “Not enough people know that people on effective HIV treatment can’t pass it on, that’s why we brought this message to Pride this year.
“Out-of-date beliefs about HIV transmission are fuelling stigma and discrimination, which prevents people coming forward for testing. Not only this, but if everyone knew this fact, we could bring an end to stigma around HIV.
“THT provides support, information and advice services for those living with HIV and affected by HIV or poor sexual health, including rapid HIV testing. They are based at 61 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AE, and can you can contact them on 01273 764200.
“Pride again this year was a huge celebration for the city, and we were thrilled to be out and about busting HIV stigma in Brighton and Hove.”