How HIV has changed

HIV Scotland was set up as the Scottish Voluntary HIV and AIDS Forum in September 1994, a crucial stage in the development of Scotland’s response to HIV, some 12 years into the epidemic. The organisation’s establishment by leading figures in the third and HIV sectors was a response to the Scottish Office AIDS Task Force call for improved provision and coordination of services.


  • Scotland's first "Positive Person's Forum" organised by HIV Scotland
  • Minorities, Communities and BBVs Conference


  • Scotland's first Scottish World AIDS Day Awareness Group was formed [PDF - 807kB]
  • "People living with Hepatitis C and HIV their views on Welfare Reform" Report [PDF - 1MB] produced by HIV Scotland and Hepatitis Scotland.


  • New CEO George Valiotis began in post


  • HIV Action Plan launched.


  • Report of national HIV treatments needs assessment: HIV Scotland, with the committee, advocates for standards development and setting up MCNs (Managed Care Networks)
  • Discussions re a prevention plan with Scottish Government results in an integrated HIV Action Plan, based on the HIV Scotland recommendation from the International AIDS Conference in Mexico
  • Establishment of African Country Associations Health Forum


  • African and Minority Ethnic HIV Project set up by HIV Scotland.


  • Establishment of the committee to explore sexual health and HIV services etc, HIV Scotland takes lead role
  • Kerr sets up the National Sexual Health Advisory Committee


  • ‘Review of HIV Health Promotion Strategies’ is published, having been recommended by HIV Scotland and accepted at its AGM by health minister


  • First national billboard campaign across Scotland to promote HGS
  • Devolution: successive ministers lead on HIV including Sam Galbraith (pre-devolution), Susan Deacon, Malcolm Chisholm, Andy Kerr, and Shona Robison


  • Gay Men’s Health emerges in Edinburgh
  • Combination therapy results in first successes treating HIV, termed the Lazarus effect
  • Healthy Gay Scotland (HGS)- the first national gay men's health promotion collaboration led by The Forum


  • Scottish Voluntary HIV and AIDS Forum ("The Forum") established (predecessor to HIV Scotland)


  • Demonstration outside the Scottish Office demanding action


  • Dundee and Glasgow follow Edinburgh's lead and introduce needle exchanges. They open to public controversy, with video camera surveillance and violence
  • Waverley Care set up and Milestone House opens as UK’s first purpose-built AIDS hospice


  • Methadone substitute prescribing introduced in Edinburgh


  • First needle exchange set up in Edinburgh


  • Outbreak of HIV among IV drug users in Edinburgh: over 60% infected in 6 months