About

Saving Lives is a national charity with a simple aim: to reduce the stigma that still surrounds testing for the blood-borne viruses [BBVs] known as HIV and Hepatitis. We also focus on other Sexually Transmitted Infections [STIs].

We want to make testing for these conditions as straightforward and uncomplicated as any other clinical test. By donating to Saving Lives, you make possible our work in advocating for better testing provision - and also in providing it ourselves, via the postal self-sampling we developed to power our outreach and research, TakeATestUK.

Today's medicines mean that HIV and other BBVs or STIs can, though some are lifelong, be treated. For example, people living with HIV who are on treatment are non-infectious, can work full-time, have sex and raise children, and live as long as someone who does not have HIV.

But one in five of those living with HIV in the UK do not even know they are infected. One million people die each year across the world because of liver failure or liver cancer caused by Hepatitis B or C - even though they are entirely treatable.

The main reasons people do not take the test are stigma and ignorance. People don't want to be seen to take the test - and they often don't think BBVs or STIs concern 'people like them'.

Anyone who has unprotected sex can become infected with HIV. One in twelve people worldwide have Hepatitis B or C. These are issues for us all to consider.The stigma that causes late diagnosis is a killer - and that's why getting tested is such a no-brainer.

Through mass-media campaigns, celebrity endorsements and with the help of people living with these viruses, we communicate positive messages about testing in the tabloid press, on TV, at the football stadium and in clubs and venues nationwide.

We will keep working until testing is routine - and anyone who needs treatment for their BBV or STI is getting it.

     

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  • Thu, February 2 2023, 8:36 AM : RT @APPG_HIV_AIDS: While the world has made incredible progress in the fight to end HIV and AIDS, around the world, a child still dies from…
  • Tue, January 31 2023, 5:28 PM : RT @BritishHIVAssoc: 🚨 Registration is OPEN for the @BritishHIVAssoc Spring Conference 24 - 26 April 2023 in Gateshead 🚨 Scholarship and s…
  • Fri, January 27 2023, 2:40 PM : RT @PositiveLad: The #PositivePubCrawl is TONIGHT in Soho - and I'll be your host! Come along to catch-up with old friends, and make some…
  • Thu, January 26 2023, 2:20 PM : We’re ****ing glad to have you onboard 😉 https://t.co/J4UjQ7F0NY
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