Why World AIDS Day still matters

  • An estimated 3% of the UK population are gay and bisexual men, but we make up more than 45% of those living with diagnosed HIV.
  • 16% of gay men with HIV remain undiagnosed.
  • The number of gay men diagnosed each year continues to rise. 3,360 gay and bisexual men were diagnosed in 2014.
  • Up to 82% of new infections come from people who don't know they have HIV.

The reality of living with HIV today has changed considerably since the first World AIDS Day in 1988 but the need to prevent new infections, dispel ignorance and challenge HIV stigma is as urgent as ever.

Support GMFA this World AIDS Day

Currently GMFA receives no statutory income for our HIV information and prevention work. Funds raised on World AIDS Day will go towards funding our HIV resources, such as the GMFA website and FS magazine. The website alone receives over a million visits from gay men every year, providing gay men with the kind of frank information about HIV and sexual health that they can't get anywhere else. 

This work depends on the generosity of the gay community, and our friends, to keep running. 

GMFA has been offered an immense amount of support from bars and clubs across London this year. Please show your support for GMFA's work by supporting these venues, coming to these events and donating to GMFA.

In order to maximise our fundraising efforts, we will also need a huge team of volunteers manning bars with collection buckets and red ribbons on and around World AIDS Day. If you can spare some time to help us fundraise over the weekend and days leading up to World AIDS Day, please email GMFA's Community Worker michael.flaherty@gmfa.org.uk.

Venues supporting GMFA this World AIDS Day

Events include, on Saturday, 28th November, in north London at Bloc Bar a ‘World AIDS Day Extravaganza’ boasting an astonishing array of performers, while in South London the bigger, bolder bear club XXL will be holding a massive World AIDS event, raising funds for GMFA. On World AIDS Day itself, Tuesday, 1st December, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in south London will host ‘Deconstructed’, a night of stripped-back classic songs spanning eight decades and featuring acts including La Voix and Angie Brown.  

Other organisations and venues of note include the essential online fetish site Recon and all our favourite venues such as Prowler, Compton’s, Halfway to Heaven, The Duke of Wellington, King William IV, Ted’s Place, The Vault, Chariots saunas and Locker Room.

Working together we can stop the spread of HIV. Thank you for your support. Team GMFA.