Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity. Following the death of Terry Higgins in 1982 - one of the first people in the UK to die with HIV - his friends and partner took the love they had for him and the anger they felt at what he had gone through, and decided to make a change. They founded THT in his name so that others wouldn’t have to suffer the way he had suffered. THT has been at the forefront of the HIV epidemic ever since, and has grown to become the UK’s leading voice on HIV and sexual health.

They are committed to creating a world where people with HIV live healthy lives free from prejudice and discrimination, and good sexual health is a right and reality for all.

Did you know...

Currently, THT has centres throughout England, Scotland and Wales and every year they directly help over 100,000 people, particularly targeting those most vulnerable to HIV and other STIs, including young people, gay and bi men, sex workers and people from Black African communities. Their services include:

  • HIV and STI testing services

  • Support services, such as mentoring for people living with HIV

  • Counselling, advice and information

  • Health promotion work targeting key at-risk groups

What makes Terrence Higgins Trust different

For many people, HIV is perceived as something which is over, not relevant to them or is something that happens thousands of miles away in developing countries. The reality is that men and women in the UK from all walks of life are living with the virus and many more are at risk of infection. It is therefore vital that THT continues to deliver targeted prevention programmes and continues to raise awareness of HIV and other STIs, as well as providing direct services to people living with HIV.

Other ways to support

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities and they hugely value the support you can offer. As an organisation founded by a group of committed friends who recruited volunteers to join the cause, Terrence Higgins Trust developed a strong volunteer culture that continues today. From outreach to training, gardening to mentoring, charity shop support and fundraising to advice and complementary therapy, we have a role to suit your skills and availability, check out the relevant opportunities on their website.

You can also support us in a run cycle or trek. At Terrence Higgins Trust they only get hot and sweaty in the best company, so if you want to sign up for the challenge of a lifetime we want YOU on their team.

Whether you are a running enthusiast, keen cyclist, or a dedicated walker or trekker, they will have something for you. So check out their upcoming events on their website, and become a part of the Terrence Higgins Trust team!


314-320 Gray's Inn Road



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020 7812 1600