Saving Lives is a national charity with a simple aim: to reduce the stigma that still surrounds testing for the blood-borne viruses [BBVs] known as HIV andHepatitis. We also focus on other Sexually Transmitted Infections [STIs].
We want to make testing for these conditions as straightforward and uncomplicated as any other clinical test.
Today’s medicines mean that all of these conditions, though some are lifelong, can be treated. For example, people living with HIV who are on treatment are non-infectious, can work full-time, have sex and raise children, and live as long as someone who does not have HIV.
But one in five of those living with HIV in the UK do not even know they are infected. One million people die each year across the world because of liver failure or liver cancer caused by Hepatitis B or C – even though they are entirely treatable.