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South African grandmothers sitting talking

Founded in 1986, Avert has been providing information on HIV and AIDS since the earliest days of the epidemic.

Avert was one of the first charities to provide people with knowledge about HIV to protect themselves and others from infection, reduce stigma and break down barriers to treatment and support.

Millions of educational leaflets, posters and training guides were sent across the UK and globally to countries most affected by HIV. AVERT also supported medical research grants to advance the understanding of HIV and its impact at the time. 

In 1995 we launched, moving our information provision service online and increasing our reach and impact. Our award-winning site is now widely recognised as one of the world’s leading online providers of HIV and AIDS information, and last year reached over 700,000 individuals every month.

In 2000 we started providing partnership and grant support to local NGOs working in places heavily affected by HIV. We have supported more than 25 organisations working in India, Russia, and southern and east Africa since then.

In recent years the focus of our NGO partner support has shifted to Southern Africa, the region which faces the most complex challenges from HIV. We work closely with community-based organisations who offer prevention, care and support where it’s needed most.

Based in Horsham, UK, for most of its existence, Avert moved to Brighton, UK, in August 2015.


Photo credit: ©Corrie Wingate for Avert. Images used on this site are for illustrative purposes only. They do not imply any health status or behaviour on the part of the people in the photo.

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Last updated:
13 October 2017