A national HIV and sexual health charity which provides a wide range of information and advice for anyone concerned about HIV or sexual health and support services for people living with HIV.
Advice, advocacy & information
Teams of advisers offer advice, advocacy, information and casework in the areas of welfare benefits, immigration, housing, employment, disclosure, discrimination, criminalisation and other advice. Generalist advice to Community Legal Service standards is also available over the telephone via THT Direct.
African emotional support service
There are several African Emotional Support Workers who can offer one-to-one support to African clients who would prefer to speak to another African person. The team also holds a variety of group sessions each year, facilitating peer support in innovative ways. Clients can refer themselves to the team in London by calling 020 7812 1777 or, in other parts of the UK, by calling their nearest centre.
Assessment & referral services
Assessment of needs for people with HIV and referral to appropriate services both internal and external. Face to face services available for people where appropriate. Contact THT Direct.
Clients can be seen for one to one counselling, or for relationship counselling. THT counsellors can help people to deal with recent HIV diagnosis, concerns about HIV status, living with HIV and having difficulties around treatments. Problems with relationships and families arising from HIV issues, and substance misuse and addictions as well as depression and anxiety. The service operates using the ethics and guidelines of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Counselling and the African Emotional Support Service are available in various European and African Languages.
The Hardship Fund provides grants to people living with HIV, for goods and services which they cannot afford on their current income, and for which they cannot access statutory funds. The fund provides grants in three areas, a destitution fund, a family fund and a living well fund. Applications can be made through THT Direct. There are eligibility criteria and the grants are means tested. Proof of income is required. Contact THT Direct for more information.
HIV health support service
The Health Trainers support people living with HIV in increasing their level of health and treatment knowledge, gaining more skills around managing HIV as a long-term condition, and strengthening their understanding of self-management.
HIV testing & STI screening
Available at several centres in Greater London and through outreach. Testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections including a Chlamydia screening service for young people, as well as sexual health advice. Open access, no appointment necessary, pre-and post-test discussions offered, HIV test results within one hour. There are a limited number of spaces on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact THT Direct or visit the THT website for more details of locations and times.
National health improvement
The National Health Promotion Team leads on activity across Terrence Higgins Trust's regional centres as well as co-ordinating the work of HIV Prevention England (HPE).
National Health Support Programme, HIV Longterm Condition Management (LTCM) Services
A local and national service supporting people living with HIV to use long-term condition management approaches. HIV Health Trainers/navigators can provide one-to-one HIV support and at a national level, information and advice is available across a range of technologies including web, telephone and video links.
Newly diagnosed course
A 6-week support and information course in London for people who have been recently diagnosed HIV-positive. The aim of the course is to offer time and space to consider the personal and practical implications of a positive diagnosis in a safe and supportive setting. A number of courses (evening sessions) are run throughout the year.
Outreach & community engagement team
This team is supported by full time and sessional outreach and community engagement workers. It delivers outreach online, in commercial gay venues, public sex environments and community events in the capital.
Sex Worker Outreach Team (SWISH)
Provides outreach to male, female and transgendered sex workers across London. Call 020 7812 1809 to arrange an appointment during weekdays. Initial induction session is required. Professional visitors welcome. Free advice, condoms, lubricant, and access to a counsellor, doctor or nurse are available. Also, on offer is information on HIV prevention, housing and benefits, as well as practical and emotional support for male, female and transgender sex workers and escorts, including for those with HIV. The aim is to promote wellbeing, support sex workers in making informed choices about their lives and make it possible to talk openly about selling sex, sexuality and other concerns. Self-referral, agency referral and a helpline during office hours are available. Clinical services include full STI screening and rapid HIV testing in venues in Soho and Earls Court. Training and consultancy is offered in the area of working with people who sell sex.
A variety of support groups are available including groups aimed at positive gay men, positive women and families, positive African people, heterosexuals with HIV and negative partners.
Training sessions for professionals, young people, community groups or anyone else. The training can be focused depending on need and can be formal or informal. Typical topics covered include HIV awareness, sexual health and LGBT issues.
Responsible for Marketing, PR and the Press Office.
Tel. 07957 812 691. The press office handles all media enquiries, and provides PR support to all departments in the organisation.
Policy and Public Affairs
Policy and political campaigning division, responsible for collating and maintaining a health and social policy research base; generating internal policy positions; responding to government health and social policy initiatives; liaising with parliamentary personnel and structures; and managing the Trust's e-campaigning activities. To campaign with THT, visit www.tht.org.uk.
Volunteering in London
Many of THT's key services and support functions are delivered by volunteers. To meet their varied needs, the Volunteer Coordinator organises a programme of recruitment, selection and training. All volunteers receive training and ongoing support in their chosen role. Services available in London: The services listed below are available at London service centres. These services are also available at most regional centres, please check the local listing for details; some are also available as outreach in other locations. Some London services are available to all clients living in London and others may be dependent on borough of residence; this is due to funding restrictions. To find out more about these services and how to access them, please call our national helpline THT Direct on 0808 802 1221