Why Act Aware?


Knowledge of HIV is on the decline despite the fact there are more people living with HIV in the UK than ever before. It is important for everyone to Act Aware because being aware of the facts about HIV and acting on that knowledge to inform your behaviour are vital steps in taking care of your own health and the health of others. Acting aware also ensures you treat everyone living with HIV fairly and with understanding.

HIV prejudice is still an issue in the UK

There is still a great deal of stigma about HIV, often as a result of ignorance about how HIV is transmitted, judgements being made about people who have HIV, a lack of understanding of what it's like to live with HIV, or an unfounded fear of becoming infected.

Stigma or prejudice about HIV in society means that people with HIV can find it difficult to tell others about their HIV status. Some have to deal with rejection from friends, family or colleagues, or even experience verbal and physical abuse. The fear of stigma can stop some people with HIV from telling others, getting a new job, or even finding a partner.

Protect yourself and others from HIV infection

Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK, and one in five of those people don't know they have it. Worryingly, knowledge about HIV among the general public is low. Understanding how HIV is transmitted and knowing your HIV status is very important for protecting yourself and your partner. Make sure you know the HIV facts from the myths and take our quiz to find out how much you know about HIV in the UK.

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