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 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



Reforming our system for developing medicines in the birthplace of democracy!

Last week, as a steering committee member and representative of Youth Stop AIDS, Matthew attended the second meeting of the European Alliance for Responsible R&D (research and development) and Affordable Medicines in Athens, organised by the Open Society Foundation Access to medicines isn’t just an issue within “The Global South”, but is becoming a massive problem across Europe. Currently only 1% of people living with Hepatitis C in Greece receive the best available treatment, sofosbuvir, due to the exorbitant price that the manufacturer Gilead have set. This was one of the issues that was discussed at the European Alliance meeting on Responsible R&D and Affordable Medicines in Athens.  The EU Alliance includes Restless Development and STOPAIDS alongside organisations like Médecins Sans Frontières, No Es Sano and Doctors of the World. New treatments for diseases such as cancer are becoming more and more unaffordable; this trend is set to continue unless we can push for change. Healthcare systems across Europe are under a tremendous strain, patients are missing out on effective treatments and threats like multi-drug resistant TB are being ignored by Big Pharma. We can start to fix the system through negotiating a fairer deal for life-saving medications with pharmaceutical companies, and pushing for needs-driven public funded research to produce affordable drugs. Our Missing Medicines campaign is doing just that, by urging the UK government to attend and commit to R&D reform at the World Health Organisation Meeting in March. On the last afternoon we visited a local clinic run by the charity PRAKSIS. It is estimated that over 800,000 Greeks have been cut off from medical access due to... read more

Our new STOPAIDS Youth Trustee

At the STOPAIDS AGM in late October I was elected onto their Board of trustees as a representative of the Youth Stop AIDS movement. It’s my responsibility to bring the Youth Stop AIDS perspective to STOPAIDS. I’m really interested in hearing from you and the other people young people in your networks – so that we can shape the future of STOPAIDS in our collective vision. If you have any ideas for the future direction of STOPAIDS or want anything raised to the board – please do drop me a message (james.cole1994@yahoo.co.uk)! At the STOPAIDS AGM I raised the point of the importance of youth activism in the global HIV/AIDS response to the guest speaker Diane Abbott MP who is the current Shadow International Development Secretary. Here’s my ‘intervention’ to Diane Abbott: Hi my name is James Cole – I’m a fourth year Politics student at the University of Sussex, and like millions of other young people around the world, I am passionate about issues surrounding HIV. I’m currently President of the Brighton branch of Youth Stop AIDS. From doing such things as working with our great MP Caroline Lucas – to being part of the team that unveiled the world’s largest red ribbon in Brighton for World AIDS Day – we are actively lobbying, campaigning and hosting awareness raising events – ultimately fighting for a world without AIDS in 2030. We’ve also spoken out and campaigned against TTIP and as a result we have helped to draw the public’s attention and mobilise resistance to this dangerous EU-US trade agreement that would be detrimental to our access to affordable medicines. I’m... read more

Hep C pills now cheaper in Egypt! This would be great news, if everyone with Hep C lived in Egypt

Hepatitis C treatment is now on sale for $10 a pill in Egypt. This would be great news if everyone living with Hep C lived in Egypt. Our system for developing new medicines leads to vital drugs being too expensive for the people that need them. Half a million people die every year from Hep C with treatment in the UK costing as much as £60,000 for a 12 week treatment. As it stands, big pharmaceutical companies select very few countries to benefit from discounted prices, while the rest of the world still suffers. The only way we can truly get medicines available at consistently affordable prices is to reform the way we develop new medicines altogether. This is why we’re calling on the UK government to support essential reforms at a World Health Organisation meeting in March. Find out how you can take action on our Missing Medicines campaign.  ... read more