The National AIDS Trust estimated that in 2019, there are 105 200 people living with HIV in the UK. 94% of these people are diagnosed, and therefore know that they have HIV. This means that around 1 in 16 people living with HIV in the UK do not know that they have the virus.
98% of people diagnosed with HIV in the UK are on treatment, and 97% of those on treatment are virally suppressed which means they can’t pass the virus on. Of all the people living with HIV in the UK, 89% are virally suppressed.
The means that the UK has met (and exceeded) the UNAIDs 90-90-90 targets for 2020. This is in part due to the continuing work of the governments investment in HIV awareness and health promotion campaigns, HIV charities that work to reduce stigma and increase testing rates, and the developments in medical science for treatment options.
This workshop follows in the footsteps of national and global initiatives to continue raising awareness and reducing stigma by educating young people about what HIV actually is, how it can and cannot be transmitted, how they can reduce their own risk of contracting the virus, how to access confidential screening, and what’s involved with an HIV test.
Pupils will gain a significant insight into what it is like for a person living with HIV, including managing the virus, dealing with stigma and discrimination in daily life and the impact of this on relationships, and equality in all aspects of life.