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World AIDS Day 2023 – Guide to HIV life insurance

December 1st every year is World AIDS Day, a time to come together and celebrate all the people across the World living with AIDS and HIV. It is an opportunity to continue working towards removing the stigma around these illnesses and campaigning for fair treatment and support.

The UK government has agreed to a goal where HIV transmissions and new cases will end by the year 2030. The work of charities like the National AIDS Trust, The Elton John AIDS Foundation and Terrence Higgins Trust helps to make this possible, which is why it is so important to support them (both today and throughout the year).

As HIV life insurance specialists, we speak to many people in the UK who have been diagnosed with HIV and need the right insurance to protect themselves, their homes and their families. We are committed to doing everything we can to support all our customers and have helped hundreds of people with HIV find the perfect life insurance for their situation.

We will continue fighting for the best possible outcomes for people with HIV, who deserve the best insurance policies just as much as anyone else.

World AIDS Day has been an annual global movement since 1988 to fight the stigma surrounding HIV and remember all those who have lost their lives.

Over the last 35 years, AIDS and HIV charities have worked tirelessly to help improve access to proper medication and treatment and reduce the stigma surrounding conditions like HIV and AIDS.

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st of December every year and is a time where HIV and AIDS charities come together to raise awareness. The aim is to highlight the real life experiences of people living with HIV and AIDS and celebrate their strength and courage.

World AIDS Day uses the iconic red ribbon as a symbol of HIV support which was first designed and worn in New York in 1991. The colour red was chosen to symbolise love and passion and because the colour is bold and eye-catching.

The idea of the red ribbon came from a group of artists and developed in the World’s most recognisable symbol of HIV awareness.

The very first World AIDS Day took place on the 1st December 1988 and has been on the same day for every year since.

This was because this day was believed to be the best timing to get coverage on Western news channels as it was after the US elections but before Christmas.

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Though World AIDS Day has been celebrated for 35 years, it still just as important today.  While there have been amazing development in awareness and available treatments, there is a still a long way to go before there is a cure available.

According to the World AIDS Day website, over the last 40 years more than 35million people have died due to AIDS, HIV or related illnesses. There are still 38million people across the World living with HIV and 105,000 are here in the UK.

We can use World AIDS Day as a platform to support and fundraise for brilliant HIV and AIDS charities. This helps them to continue funding research into medications and making sure that every person with HIV or AIDS has access to the right healthcare and ultimately prevent deaths.

One of the easiest ways to find out how to get involved for World AIDS Day 2023 is to visit the World AIDS Day website. This site is powered by the National AIDS Trust and works hard to raise awareness of the impact of AIDS and HIV and the steps we can all take to help.

You can:

  • ‘Rock the Ribbon’ and show your support by wearing an iconic AIDS and HIV awareness ribbon to encourage conversation and you can use the hashtag #RockTheRibbon online
  • Get tested for HIV if you suspect you might have the condition. Tests are free from NHS sexual health clinics, GPs and even available online for self-testing
  • Share resources (online or in person) about World AIDS Day and important facts and statistics about HIV and AIDS across the World
  • Take part in or organise a fundraiser for charities like National AIDS Trust to help them with the amazing work they do year round

National AIDS Trust is the main organiser of World AIDS Day and one of the UK’s leading AIDS and HIV charities. They are an amazing organisation that work throughout the year to support people living with HIV and AIDS.

They state on their website that their mission is to “work to stop HIV from standing in the way of health, dignity and equality, and to end new HIV transmissions”.

You can access guides and resources online through their website about living with HIV and information about how to support their work.

Contact details

Telephone – 44 020 7814 6767

Email – info@nat.org.uk


National AIDS Trust
The Green House
Unit 3.9, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Road
E2 9DA

What is AIDS?

AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and it is a term that is used to describe a group of infections that can attack the body. AIDS can be life threatening condition which is why it is key to have access to the right medical treatment.

AIDS isn’t infectious and cannot be transmitted from one person to another unlike HIV.

What is HIV?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and this is a virus that damages cells and weakens your immune system. Over time and without treatment HIV can progress and become AIDS.

If you are diagnosed early and receive the right treatment, most people with HIV won’t go on to develop AIDS or any related illnesses.

How long can a person live with HIV?

It is now possible for a person with HIV to have a long and happy life as long as they get the appropriate medical treatment.

Early diagnosis is key to living longer, which is why it is is crucial to know the signs and symptoms of HIV and get tested if you think you may have it.

What are the symptoms of HIV?

The most common first symptoms of HIV include:

  • A high temperature
  • A sore throat
  • Body rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Swollen glands
  • Recurring infections

How many people in the UK have HIV?

The World AIDS Day website states that there are currently 105,000 people living with HIV in the UK.

It is hoped that by 2030, there will be no new cases of HIV being diagnosed in the UK.

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YES – It’s definitely possible to get life insurance if you have been diagnosed with HIV, the key is to make sure you are speaking to the right insurance providers.

Most of the time, you should be able get the cover you need, especially if your CD4 is in good shape and your viral load is undetectable. You’ll often find life insurance options that are both budget-friendly and tailored to the level of cover you’re looking for.

We are proud to be HIV life insurance specialists and our experts are more than happy to answer any questions and offer free, friendly guidance. You can get in touch by clicking here to speak to an expert or by calling 0800 009 6559.

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