HIV Anti-stigma strategy: Road Map to Zero

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Monday 20th November 2017

Following a yearlong collaborative and consultative process, Scotland's HIV Anti-Stigma Strategy: Road Map to Zero will be launched on 28th November. Uniquely co-produced by the HIV Anti-Stigma Consortium this is a leading contribution to the global movement towards eliminating HIV-related stigma. HIV Scotland brought together people living with and affected by HIV, third sector, academics, and NHS to chart the way forward to achieving zero HIV-related stigma. No single organisation, or person, can successfully eliminate HIV-related stigma - it requires a unified approach that builds on already existing work being done in Scotland.

The Road Map to Zero outlines the need for a cross sector and multi-level approach that addresses the inequalities that further deepen social divides based on gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and culture. It highlights the available research and best practice to guide a strategic approach in fulfilling targets set by UNAIDS and the Scottish Government's Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework. It will provide the foundations for Scotland’s HIV Anti-Stigma Strategy Action Plan 2018 – 2027 which will be published in 2018.

Over the next three months, the HIV Anti-Stigma Consortium will actively work to involve service providers, decision makers and public bodies in the development of the HIV Anti-Stigma Strategy Action Plan. Meeting and consulting with key partners will allow the Consortium to determine practical, measurable activities and shared responsibility for ending HIV-related stigma.

The HIV Anti-Stigma Consortium will also be working with key partners to strengthen and sustain political, public and community commitment for reaching our goal of zero stigma by setting a common agenda among key policy and programme makers.

For Scotland to achieve zero stigma we need a focus on shared responsibility and ownership.

You can commit to helping Scotland reach zero HIV stigma by:

1. Ask your MSP to support Scotland’s HIV Anti-Stigma Strategy.

2. Nominate your organisation to working with the HIV Anti-Stigma Consortium to develop the Action Plan.

3. Sign up as an individual to support Scotland’s HIV Anti-Stigma Strategy and Action Plan.

4. Challenge negative myths and stereotypes about HIV.

5. Share stories and support people who have experienced stigma.

6. Endorse the five commitments of Scotland’s HIV-Anti Stigma Strategy: Road Map to Zero.

7. Get in touch with HIV Scotland to work together to create a plan for challenging stigma in your life.

8. Sign up to support the HIV Anti-Stigma Strategy Thunderclap on Twitter and Facebook