THT marks 30th anniversary of AIDS discovery with Walk for Life


Terrance Higgins Trust (THT) will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the start of the AIDS epidemic with a Walk for Life event in London on Sunday.

The results of a study into the cases of five gay men in Los Angeles who were suffering from pneumonia related to a mystery illness, which was later referred to as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), were published on 5th June 1981. It became the start of a global epidemic that has so far caused more than 30 million deaths.

Three decades on, the prominent HIV and sexual health charity will host the event to raise funds for HIV sufferers living in poverty.

THT Chief Executive Sir Nick Partridge said: “In thirty years we have come a long way from the dark days of AIDS hysteria, illness and death. But, as high HIV statistics both globally and in the UK show, it’s vital we continue to deliver effective safer sex and condom promotion campaigns to slow its spread. We’re running Walk for Life this weekend to raise vital funds to support people living with HIV and ensure that no one has to face it alone or experience the fear, stigma and discrimination of 30 years ago. “

The annual 10km walk will take in some of London’s most iconic sites and this year has a Wizard of Oz theme with support from singer Beverley Knight, actor John Partridge and musicians 4 Poofs and a Piano.

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