The Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s main HIV and sexual health charity, providing a huge range of services to over 100,000 people annually.
It also campaigns and lobbies for greater political and public understanding of the personal, social and medical impact of HIV and sexual ill health.
Terry Higgins was one of the first people in the UK to die with AIDS. He died aged 37 on 4 July 1982 in St Thomas' Hospital, London. By naming the Trust after Terry, the founder members hoped to personalise and humanise AIDS in a very public way.
The charity was set up in 1982 by a friend of Terry’s, Martyn Butler, and Terry’s partner, Rupert Whitaker, with the aim of preventing others from having to suffer as Terry did.
It focused on raising cash for research and awareness of the illness that was then called Gay-Related Immune Deficiency.