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Positive Allies


‘Over four-fifths (of the public) feel that people with HIV still frequently face negative judgement from others. Many express concern that people living with HIV are stigmatized by others. Only around a third of the public say they have sympathy for all people living with HIV.’

National AIDS Trust July 2021 ‘HIV: Public Knowledge and Attitudes’

What is the Positive Allies Chartermark?

Positive Allies logo, featuring a red ribbon in the shape of a P

Positive Allies is a free and unique Chartermark, the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

The Chartermark shows that your organisation is friendly towards, and inclusive of, people living with HIV and that you actively challenge HIV stigma. No matter the size, type or shape of your organisation, whether you have paid employees or volunteers, this Chartermark applies to you.

By gaining this Chartermark, your organisation is showing that it is HIV-friendly with an environmental ethos of tackling HIV-related stigma in all its forms.

The Positive Allies Chartermark was created and accredited by the University of Sunderland and launched in 2018 when Andrew Dalton’s research identified the levels of stigma that people living with HIV are facing in the workplace. The University continues to support the work of the Chartermark.

Why is there a need for a Positive Allies Chartermark?

Whilst the Equality Act (2010) added further protections to those living with HIV, many employers are unaware that HIV is included within this legislation. The stigma that continues to be associated with HIV can have a major impact on the mental health of the person living with HIV, which may then, in turn, affect their work performance.

Learn more about the need for Positive Allies.

Why apply for the Positive Allies Chartermark?

If you are a local, national, or transnational organisation, the Chartermark will signify to employees that you are an inclusive place to work. By gaining our free Positive Allies Chartermark, you are making a statement to not only your employees and volunteers, but you are showing the outside world that HIV stigma in employment is unacceptable and that your organisation values an inclusive ethos.

Learn why you should apply.

What do we need to do to apply for the Positive Allies Chartermark?

It is not a difficult or onerous process to apply for the Positive Allies Chartermark. After you have gathered your supporting evidence and documentation, apply for the Positive Allies Chartermark using the application form and provide available evidence to show how you have met each of the criteria.

Find out how to apply.

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