Terrence Higgins

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The Terrence Higgins Trust was the first charity in the UK to be set up in response to HIV in 1982 and was at first called the Terry Higgins Trust.

Terry Higgins died aged 37 on 4 July 1982 in St Thomas’ Hospital, London, one of the first people in the UK to die from AIDS. At the time there was very little understood about the disease and there were no effective treatments available. Terry’s friends Tony Calvert, Martyn Butler and Rupert Whitaker started the Trust to raise funds for research as a way of preventing suffering due to AIDS. The trust was named after Terry to personalise and humanise the issue of AIDS.

Updated 23 November 2014: Original source item no longer available.


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