Local authority services for people living with and at risk of HIV

“Some of our services will be HIV specific while others are more general services.”

“The (local authority) service provides direct support to people and their families affected by BBVs, and has a specialised workforce, although limited, that focuses on this area.”


- Local Authority Social Worker

Local authorities provide a range of services that can be accessed by people living with or at risk of HIV.

As part of research for the HIV Scotland report 'Making the Vision a Reality' (January 2015), 16 of the 32 local authorities in Scotland identified the services they provide or fund. This research demonstrated that local authorities are providing a range of services specific to sexual health and blood borne viruses, as well as more general services to support the health and wellbeing of people living with or at risk of HIV.

The majority of local authorities reported proving support for issues such as mental health (94%), welfare (94%), addictions (81%), housing (81%), personal care (75%) and home support (75%). Several local authorities commented that while some services were specifically provided for people living with or at risk of HIV, the majority were generic services available to anyone who needs them.

A significant amount of the participating local authorities also indicated that they provided HIV and STI prevention services (50%), HIV and STI testing (44%), and sexual health education (38%). Although 13% of local authorities indicated that they provided HIV treatment, the given comments suggest that HIV treatment was in fact being provided by the NHS within the local authority area, rather than directly by the local authority itself.

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This information was accurate as of May 2015. Download this information as a briefing sheet [PDF - 66kB], go back to the local authorities and HIV main page, or read the next section, about local authorities and HIV prevention.

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