We are a youth-led movement campaigning for a world without AIDS (previously called Student Stop AIDS Campaign). Our network of young people across the UK speak out, take creative action and engage those in power to ensure that governments, global institutions and corporations are committed to ending AIDS by 2030.
  • % of 35 million people accessing the treatment they need 37%
  • Anti-retrovirals (ARVs) reduce the risk of transmitting the virus on by 96%
  • % of people living with HIV in the UK who don’t know they are infected 25%

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It is your efforts that help the government to focus on the issues and stimulate the companies to pick up the phone and meet with us. From where I sit I can see directly the results of your efforts and it is impressive. Ellen 't Hoen

Former Executive Director, Medicines Patent Pool

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Campaigning with Youth Stop AIDS has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done at Uni. Not only have I developed confidence in public speaking but I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many influential figures, such as MPs and MEPs.

Harvir

Sheffield

Blog

We can stop AIDS: look at how far we’ve come

So this is it. We’re here. Fellow campaigners will know this feeling. After working hard for months and months, suddenly that intangible moment, which always seemed so deep into the future, creeps up on you and arrives. I’m talking about the end of a campaign. For some it’s election day. For others it’s a court judgement. For us it’s the World Health Assembly – which happened last week in Geneva. The Missing Medicines campaign, launched by Youth Stop AIDS on World AIDS Day late last year, wanted to do something pretty big. We had heard from people like Juliana in Kenya earlier in the year, who as a child had to gamble with dosages by biting adult size pills in half to treat her HIV diagnosis. The medicines she needed simply weren’t produced. We had also seen the actions of people like Martin Shkreli,  who whacked up the price of a vital AIDS treatment by 5000%. Making the medicines others needed simply unaffordable. We wanted to make sure that everybody has access to the medicines they need. If it’s possible to produce a drug that will help save a life, then profit shouldn’t get in the way. If it’s available on the market, then those in need shouldn’t be priced out. It’s an obvious problem with a complex solution – but the point is we had a solution. We knew that if we could fix the system for developing new medicines, by doing things like removing the profit incentive as the driver for research and development, then we could help save millions of lives. It seems thousands of you... read more

Taking Missing Medicines to European Parliament; Keith Taylor MEP

As part of our European Action, James Cole (President of our Sussex Youth Stop AIDS group) and Sol Hallam met Keith Taylor MEP. James describes below what it was like meeting a MEP (Member of European Parliament) and how they influenced him to join the Missing Medicines campaign! Campaigners have met with MEPs across the UK over the past month, so watch this space for more details… On 29th March, we met with Keith Taylor MEP to discuss our #MissingMedicines campaign and why it essential that the profit led drug Research & Development model is reformed to give millions of people around the world access to life saving medicines that they currently are denied. Keith has been a Green MEP for the South East of England since 2010 having previously held leading positions in the UK Green Party. All it took was a couple emails form our group’s email account, then to our surprise, we found that he was keen to meet with us! With the World Health Organisation (WHO) member states soon to be meeting in Geneva to discuss the possibility of a legally binding Research and Development (R&D) Agreement – our meeting with Keith focused on this historic opportunity that could change our medical research and development model so that it delivers the drugs we need at the prices we can afford. For over two decades, the WHO has been discussing an approach to deal with the problems caused from our current biomedical research and development model – primarily the lack of investment into research and development for diseases that affect the developing world or are seen as... read more

Why patents are not the answer

On Intellectual Property Day (April 26th), Emily Thomas, a Youth Stop AIDS Campaigner from London, takes us back to Robbie’s and Brian’s stories from the Speaker Tour earlier this year, reminding us why drug monopolies can be dangerous and why young people have a role in changing the way we develop medicines. Sign and share the Missing Medicines petition here  “We need to end the deafening silence.” Robbie Lawlor is the charming charismatic Mr Gay Ireland. A Zoology graduate with the kind of accent romcom producers ditch their fiancees and invest in fisherman jumpers to be with. He’s also HIV Positive. That shouldn’t matter. Except it does. “When I was diagnosed I didn’t know anyone with HIV in Ireland. I didn’t even know Ireland had HIV”. Brian knows only too well the consequences of living with HIV. After his parents died he went to live in an orphanage from the age of 6. Not long after his skin started peeling, he started getting too sick to go to school but when the doctors told him he was HIV positive he jumped around the room with joy. “I heard ‘positive’. I thought that has to be good!” Brian didn’t take his medication for a year but one day he walked into school to find all his classmates eyes on him. Lined above the blackboard was his whole supply of unopened medication, when asked why he had them Brian openly revealed his status. The school asked him to leave. Now, Brian is 22 and lives in Uganda and, despite everything, campaigns actively for an end to HIV. These two brave speakers,... read more