News: 07/2021 | George House Trust





July 21st, 2021


We're celebrating the milestone of the Undetactable Equals Untransmissable campaign turning 5 years old. 


5 years ago, a global coalition of activists, advocates, and scientists came together to pronounce that Undetectable = Untransmittable or U=U.


We're proud to be a Community Partner of the U=U Consensus Statement issued by the Prevention Access Campaign and strongly endorses the research supported message* that people living with HIV and with a sustained undetectable viral load cannot pass HIV to their sexual partners.


We firmly believe that HIV stigma is fuelled by the fear of HIV transmission – the U=U campaign is potentially one of the most powerful ways in which HIV stigma will be defeated.  The fact that we now know that effective HIV treatment has a clear and proven preventative impact means that the need for everyone, no matter where in the world they live, to have easy and fair access to HIV medication is now more urgent than ever before.


*The PARTNER study was an international observational study that estimates the risk of HIV transmission within HIV serodifferent couples (one person is living with HIV, the other is not) who do not use condoms, when the HIV positive person is on antiretroviral therapy and has an undetectable viral load. Read more information about the Partner Studies in this campaign from ViiV Healthcare, supported by George House Trust.

Wednesday, 21 July, 2021

UK AIDS Memorial Quilt


The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt is a precious artefact. Each of the panels commemorates lives lost to the AIDS pandemic during the 1980s and 90s. It is a public naming of loved ones lost, and a memorial for the many who died and went unnamed too. 


It is part of an international movement that sought to raise awareness of the impact of the AIDS pandemic and ensure that these lives would never be forgotten.


The quilts remind us how far the UK has come in the fight against HIV but how much there is still to be done to tackle stigma, reduce new infections, particularly in vulnerable communities, and support those living with HIV to lead long and healthy lives.  


Reflections Of The Launch Event from Our Chair, Jo Hancock

The UK AIDS Quilt Partnership was in the early stages of development when I began my first term as Chair for George House Trust.  I remember the panels being packed up ready to be transported to their new home, and the determination that they would not stay locked away. 


It is therefore fitting that one of the last “official” events I attended as Chair is the largest display of the UK AIDS quilts in London since the early 1990s. The launch event on 3rd July 2021 was both a celebration of how far we have come, and a protest at the stigma, discrimination and needless loss of life. 


It was loud and passionate - the energy in the room was palpable.  As we moved to view the panels silence descended. 


The quilt is a poignant piece of social history. But more than that, it is a very powerful reminder of the personal loss felt by so many.  Each panel celebrates and commemorates the life of a loved one – named or unnamed. To view it is both challenging and uplifting, the experience public and yet so very private. It is a reminder that HIV is still with us and that lives are still lost.


It is a call to action to challenge HIV stigma, support those living with HIV today, and create a future free from HIV.


The AIDS Quilt Exhibition was organised by The Food Chain, George House Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust, Positive East, Positively UK, Sahir House, Waverley Care and Fast Track Cities London.

Thursday, 8 July, 2021

National AIDS Trust Publishes On Health and Social Care For Older People in Greater Manchester.


National AIDS Trust has published a new report about improving health and social care for people ageing with HIV in Greater Manchester.


For the report, National Aids Trust conducted workshops with service users at George House Trust where they explored the reality of navigating health and social care services as people get older with HIV.


The report makes it clear that health and social care services must improve their integration, coordination and collaboration to better meet the needs of people living with HIV as they age. The report goes on to make a series of recommendations about how this might be done.


The report also noted that "HIV support services like George House Trust have invaluable expertise of supporting & empowering people ageing with HIV to manage their health & care coordination."


You can read the full report here.

Thursday, 1 July, 2021

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