Media releases and statements

First Minister tackles stigma by taking HIV test

Ahead of World AIDS Day tomorrow First Minister Nicola Sturgeon supported Scotland’s HIV Anti-Stigma campaign by taking an instant result HIV self-test.
Supported by George Valiotis, CEO of HIV Scotland, Ms Sturgeon became the first UK government leader to publicly take an HIV test. Taking minutes to complete it showed just how easy it is to take a test and that you can get your results instantly. Testing on the NHS is free in Scotland.

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Scottish charities band together to reach zero HIV stigma in Scotland

Ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1 third sector organisations along with people living with and affected by HIV are coming together to launch Scotland’s first HIV Anti-Stigma Strategy.
Today Scotland’s Anti-Stigma Strategy: Road Map to Zero outlines that everyone, from government to individuals, can work together and create a society free of HIV-related stigma.

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Charity call for 21st century education on HIV in schools

A Scottish charity has today called for compulsory Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP) education to be taught in schools for fear that today’s young people are missing out on vital information to prevent HIV.

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Leading charities call for Glasgow Central Needle Exchange to be reopened for duration of reconsideration period

Following the announcement that the Scotrail Alliance will reconsider Network Rail’s decision to close the needle exchange programme in Glasgow Central Station third sector organisations have called on them to allow the service to reopen until a final verdict has been reached.
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Scotland first in UK to approve anti-HIV drug

Today (Monday 10th April) Scotland becomes the first of the UK nations to approve the provision of PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) by the NHS to prevent HIV.
Following a rigorous process the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) today announced that PrEP, the HIV prevention drug, has been deemed a cost-effective treatment to prevent the transmission of HIV and will be made available on the NHS in Scotland.

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Leaders of Scotland’s main political parties stand together to show support for World AIDS Day 2015.

The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP and the leaders of Scotland’s main political parties stood together inside the Scottish Parliament wearing red ribbons in an act of unity to promote World AIDS Day 2015 on December 1st.

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