In light of new research and the growing economic crisis going on in the the UK at the moment, the leading HIV and sexual health charity, The Terrence Higgins Trust is reopening it’s national Hardship Fund for people living with HIV on low incomes.
The previous hardship fund, was another HIV charity crusade, but was closed in March this year following THT and Crusaid’s merger. However, they are going to re-launch the fund in spring 2011. Before the start date, a full strategic and complete review will be undertaken to ensure the new fund works as efficiently as possible for its beneficiaries.
Sir Nick Partridge, Chief Executive of THT, said: “In the current economic climate, it is vital that people living with HIV receive the support that they need. Research tells us nearly one in three people with HIV have ongoing problems getting enough money to live on, which has clear implications for how they manage their condition. For years the Hardship Fund has been an important resource, making a real difference to the lives of people with HIV, and THT is fully committed to preserving its legacy. We are working hard to get the national fund fully operational by next spring, and in the meantime we hope our interim fund will continue to help those who need it most.”
People living with HIV who are in financial difficulty can contact THT Direct on 0845 12 21 200, to receive advice on what assistance may be available in their area.