Community “Respect my HIV” march: 30 October 2021 in London

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base

On Saturday 30 October 2021 a community march was organised in central London with the theme of ‘respect my HIV’ for the diverse range of people living with HIV. [1]

It celebrated advances in HIV care focused on goals to reduce HIV transmission and also the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV. It also emphasised the importance of using person-first language when talking about health care. [2]

It also marked the 18th European AIDS Conference that was held from 27 – 30 October at the ExCel Centre in London. [3]

This was be a lively event, supported by many local and international HIV community organisations, and it was one of the few times that HIV has been celebrated publicly in this way.

The march started in Parliament Square and walked to Trafalgar Square to hear distinguished panel of community speakers.

Webcasts are available thanks to Andrew London. [4]


  1. Campaign and march website.
  2. People First Charter.
  3. EACS conference, 27-30 October 2021.
  4. Andrew London. Photographs and video clips from the speeches at Trafalgar Square.

This post was updated on 31 October from an original article on 18 October, to report the outcome of the march.

Links to other websites are current at date of posting but not maintained.