Black History Month 2020
A Black history of HIV in London – stories from Londoners
15th October 2020
Fast-Track Cities London and One Voice Network are marking Black History Month 2020 by documenting the stories, work and opinions of Black people living with HIV in London and the people and organisations supporting them.
Black people in London are disproportionately affected by poor sexual health
Of all heterosexual people diagnosed with HIV in 2018, 41% were Black African men and women
52 per cent of Black Africans are diagnosed late with HIV, which means they have a ten-fold greater risk of dying within a year compared to those diagnosed promptly
People on medication with the HIV virus suppressed cannot pass on HIV. This is a relatively new concept among Black African and migrant communities due to stigma and discrimination, lack of information and appropriate resources, and long term inequalities.
Many Black people in London are living long and well and are passionate about educating Londoners about living with HIV in 2020
We are calling out to organisations working for and with Black people living with HIV to share their work, their stories and their thoughts on how London can work together to get to zero HIV in Black communities.
If you are a Black person living with HIV and want to share your story, thoughts and opinions or send us a video, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interviews, videos and blogs shared with us for Black History Month 2020:
The Unheard Voices photographic exhibition from the Africa Advocacy Foundation. A beautiful collection of photos that highlight health and social care inequalities and the needs of Black communities in the UK.