accessibility & help


HIV is one of the world’s biggest humanitarian crises. An estimated 34 million people globally are living with HIV, including 3.3 million children (UNAIDS 2012).

It is hard to grasp how many people this involves, but with whole communities being destroyed the situation is clearly critical. Some of the world’s most fragile economies are being broken by the spread of HIV, as it can dramatically affect people's ability to earn a living.

Extraordinary burdens are placed on extended families struggling to cope with personal loss, and the sheer scale of the illness places enormous strain on health systems.

Our international HIV programmes

South Africa has more than five million people living with HIV. We’ve worked there since 1999 on prevention and treatment.

We support HIV prevention and treatment in Lesotho, which has one of the highest HIV infection rates among adults in the world.

We're helping educate students, the military, and other high-risk groups about HIV.

Our HIV programme in the UK

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In the UK, our HIV work with young people is focused on education and prevention.

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Need help with HIV in the UK

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If you’re looking for information or support on HIV, this list of organisations may help.

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HIV stories

The Red Cross has helped Ettie regain her strength to walk again.

The Red Cross is helping Matebello in her fight against TB.

Mertie supports people in South Africa living with HIV – she’s also HIV positive.