Below is a list of National and Regional HIV support organisations covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This is by no means an exhaustive list and we will continually update this page to help with further signposting to local services.
BHIVA is the leading UK association representing professionals in HIV care. Since 1995, we have been committed to providing excellent care for people living with and affected by HIV. BHIVA is a national advisory body on all aspects of HIV care and we provide a national platform for HIV care issues.
CHIVA supports children and young people living with HIV across the UK and Ireland. We address critical needs for those growing up with HIV. CHIVA works to ensure young people have the knowledge, understanding, skills and support needed to live well and achieve their greatest potential.
Eddystone Trust (Somerset and Devon)
The Eddystone Trust is an independent organisation providing information and support for anyone affected by HIV across the South West. Some services also relate to wider sexual health in Somerset and Devon. Services include emotional and practical support to people affected by HIV, support with housing and money issues, peer support, counselling, complementary therapies, safer sex resources and condoms by post.
George House Trust (Greater Manchester)
George House Trust can offer you one to one advice on matters that may be affecting you right now or which you worry may affect you in the future. As someone living with HIV, you can talk to an adviser on any issue that may concern you and they will advise, signpost or advocate on your behalf.
HIV i-Base is a treatment activist group. We are committed to providing timely and up to date information about HIV treatment to HIV positive people and to health care professionals. i-Base is a charity that was formed in April 2000 by the former publications, editorial and meetings team from the AIDS Treatment Project, London.
Liverpool Drug Interactions website was established in 1999 by members of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Liverpool to provide a freely available drug-drug interaction resource. They provide clinically useful, reliable, comprehensive, up-to-date, evidence-based drug-drug interaction resource, freely available to healthcare workers, patients and researchers.
HIV Scotland is the national HIV policy organisation for Scotland. They work on behalf of all those living with and at risk of HIV to ensure that Scotland has responsive policies, quality services and a supportive environment that enable people living with or at risk of HIV in Scotland to live healthy and fulfilling lives.
Kernow Positive Support (Cornwall)
Kernow Positive Support are based in The Hub at Treliske Hospital with links to the HIV clinic. They provide an extensive range of support services for people in Cornwall living with or affected by HIV and AIDS. They also offer guidance and support, tailoring our services to clients’ individual needs, and fight against stigma and discrimination towards people with HIV, helping to empower and support. Services include client advocacy, representation, training, financial and housing advice, counselling, therapies, drop-in opportunities, peer support, hardship funds and awareness raising workshops.
myHIV community forum is a free, welcoming and safe place to meet other people living with HIV in the UK. With nearly 4,500 members, myHIV forum is the UK’s largest community network for people living with HIV. Moderated by trained volunteers based throughout the country and the membership have a wealth of experience, so there’s always someone on hand to answer any of your questions. Chris Williams, our founder has been an active member of myHIV community forum since 2011.
NAM works to change lives by sharing information about HIV and AIDS. Wherever you are in the UK, having independent, clear and accurate information is vital in the fight against HIV and AIDS. It enables individuals and communities affected by HIV to protect themselves, care for others, advocate for better services and challenge stigma and discrimination. NAM produce useful information that you can trust, and make sure it is there for anyone who needs it.
NAT (National AIDS Trust) is dedicated to transforming the UK's response to HIV. We champion the rights of people living with HIV and campaign for change, shaping attitudes, challenging injustice, and changing lives. NAT believe everyone deserves health and equality and we won't let HIV stand in the way.
NHIVNA is the leading UK professional association representing nurses in HIV care. Founded in 1998, it is a well-established and highly respected organisation committed to providing excellence in the care of those living with and affected by HIV. NHIVNA aims to provide an academic and educational forum for the dissemination of original nursing research in the field of HIV/AIDS. In addition, NHIVNA aims to address the communication and support needs of these nurses to assist in the promotion of best practice in the care of people with HIV.
National Long-Term Survivors Group was set up in the early 1990’s to provide support for people who had been living with HIV and AIDS for 5 or more years. At that time reaching 5 years with an HIV diagnosis was something of a milestone, and the group provided support to those who were dealing with an uncertain future and coping with the loss of loved ones and friends. New therapies have meant that many now live to a normal life expectancy, yet this has not made the work of the group any less relevant. There is still a great deal of stigma surrounding HIV, as well as many other issues that older people face.
Positive Life (Northern Ireland)
Positive Life supports and promotes positive living for people with and affected by HIV in Northern Ireland. Positive Life has been making a difference to the quality of people’s lives for over 25 years, beginning life as the AIDS Telephone Helpline in 1986 and now as a city centre facility offering a range of services and support which has expanded across Northern Ireland.
The Scottish Trans Alliance project (Scottish Trans for short) assist transgender people, service providers, employers and equality organisations to engage together to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland.
Sophia Forum promotes and advocates for the rights, health, welfare and dignity of women living with HIV through research, raising awareness and influencing policy. They do this through developing and delivering their advocacy programme, bringing together information and research on the issues affecting women living with HIV as well as creating partnerships with organisations, policy makers and individuals delivering services.
St Peters House Project (Surrey and West Sussex)
St Peters House provides practical and social support for people living with HIV in Surrey and West Sussex areas, including peer support, counselling and advice services.
THT is a national helpline for support, advice and information for people living with or affected by HIV. They also provide sexual health information including how to obtain Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) They operate a freephone number 0808 802 1221.
Terrence Higgins Trust are the largest voluntary sector provider of HIV and sexual health services in the UK, running services out of local centres across England. As well as provide services, we campaign on issues from relationships and sex education in schools to the proper funding of HIV services. We also run community projects such as Positive Voices, which supports people living with HIV to tell their own stories, and Work Positive, which helps people living with HIV into employment. THT leads the national HIV prevention programme StartsWithMe, on behalf of Public Health England.
Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland has centres in Dundee and Glasgow and offers services to people living with HIV. The services they provide include sexual health information and advice, testing for sexually transmitted infections, counselling, HIV testing clinics, support groups for people living with or affected by HIV, and financial assistance and advice. In addition they help raise awareness in schools, colleges and universities as well as providing training and consultancy.
Terrence Higgins Trust has centres delivering services in Cardiff and Swansea. They campaign on issues around sexual health and HIV to the Welsh Assembly and Welsh Government.
Waverley Care is Scotland’s HIV and Hepatitis C charity. They are a community of diverse and inspiring people united by the same goal – to make a positive difference in the lives of people living with or affected by HIV or Hepatitis C in Scotland. Their work is focused on prevention, education, testing and support. They work throughout Scotland to reduce new HIV and Hepatitis C infections, getting people diagnosed and supporting those affected in whatever ways they need. An important part of their work is to challenge HIV and Hepatitis C related stigma, tackling health inequalities and promoting good sexual health.
Yorkshire MESMAC (Yorkshire and Humber)
Yorkshire MESMAC is one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country. We offer services to various communities including men who have sex with men, BME people, people misusing drugs, sex workers and LGB&T young people and adults. They have bases in Leeds, York, North Yorkshire, Bradford, Wakefield, Rotherham and Hull. Build an HIV and STI aware population that has knowledge, skills, and resources and access to a range of high quality, timely services. Yorkshire MESMAC aim to eliminate stigma and prejudice faced by people living with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. They are active in tacking stigma and prejudice faced by the LGBT communities and are determined to improve the mental well-being of all the communities they support.
There are many other local and regional charities who also provide HIV and sexual health services throughout the UK. We are happy to help signpost you to services near you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively we suggest you call THT Direct on 0808 802 1221 who can provide further help and assistance.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of organisations which we will continually update.