HIV Scotland in Parliament for World AIDS Day

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Tuesday 12th December 2017

This World AIDS Day we asked MSPs to show their commitment to tackling HIV-related stigma and to support Scotland’s HIV Anti Stigma Strategy. Over 50 MSPs signed our wall of commitment, pledging their support to ending HIV-related stigma in Scotland. A Parliamentary Motion has also been submitted in support of the work of the HIV Anti Stigma Consortium by Christina McKelvie MSP.

Together with partners Waverley Care, Positive Help, Hwupenyu Health and Wellbeing Project, NAT (National AIDS Trust) and Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland we organised Scotland’s World AIDS Day reception at the Scottish Parliament.

We were delighted to have the Voice of Hope Choir open the event. The Minister for Mental Health Maureen Watt and Clare Adamson MSP spoke at the reception about progress that has been made in Scotland since the first World AIDS Day and people living with HIV shared their stories about the impact stigma has had on their lives.

A debate was also held in the Scottish Parliament to mark World AIDS Day. The motion, tabled by Annie Wells MSP, commended the work of HIV Scotland on our work ‘promoting policy changes that are grounded in evidence and for using the experiences of people living with, or at risk of, HIV to help ensure that the voices of communities most stigmatised in society are heard.’ During the debate MSP’s raised the work of the HIV Anti Stigma Strategy, the important role of education, issues related to ageing, testing and criminalisation. When responding to the date the Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell paid tribute to the work of HIV Scotland and other partners in the Sector for our work on PrEP

WAD with MSPs