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Monday 20th November 2017

In September 2017 we published our report HIV and Education: Guaranteeing Lessons for All which reported on research in to HIV education and relationships, sexual health and parenthood lessons (RSHP). Since the report’s launch we have been speaking to MSPs about its findings and shared our recommendations with MSPs ahead of a debate in the Scottish Parliament on PSE and Bullying.

As part of our ongoing engagement with Fife Council, we visited a high school to talk to pupils about our work and hear from them their experience of RSHP. We’ll be working with Fife Council through their Working Group on Blood Borne Virus, to ensure parity of access to education on HIV and other blood borne viruses across the county.

Education is key to equipping young people with the information they need to reduce their risk of HIV infection, and a means of combatting stigmatising attitudes towards people living with HIV. For the next stage of this work we will be launching a survey that asks young people (currently in school and recent school leavers) about their experiences of RSHP lessons and their HIV knowledge. This will help us gain a greater understanding of young people’s sexual health and HIV education across Scotland.

We’ll be launching this survey online and through schools from 1st December 2017, so be sure to share it on social media and talk to your local school about participating in the survey.