Advances in treatment and continuing challenges, 2005 to 2015

football players standing in formation

Liverpool Football Club players and staff formed a Red Ribbon on World AIDS Day 2013 to support people living with HIV and raise HIV awareness. © Liverpool Football Club

In 2011, for the first time since 1983, there were no recorded HIV-related deaths in Merseyside. 

Advances in HIV treatment meant that people living with HIV were living longer lives. Locally and nationally, debate began to focus an ageing well with HIV.  However the number of people living with HIV in Merseyside continues to rise and late diagnosis is a significant local issue. 

Today one in four people living with HIV in Merseyside don’t know they are HIV positive.

Stigma and discrimination deter people from getting tested and are still major problems affecting people living with HIV. Sahir House’s work in Merseyside continues to focus on HIV prevention, stigma reduction and supporting a diverse range of people living with HIV and their families. 

Over the last decade HIV has come to be viewed in developed countries as a long-term manageable condition. But in developing countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, HIV continues to be a major epidemic with serious economic and social consequences. In 2012 approximately 22 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa were living with HIV, accounting for nearly 70% of the global total. 

As a City of Sanctuary, Liverpool continues to be influenced by the global HIV situation. People living with HIV seek sanctuary in Liverpool from conflict, torture and gender-based violence in their countries of origin. In 2014 almost one third of the people supported by Sahir House are from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.