Seven HIV election asks for the next UK Government

Ahead the General Election on 8th June, HIV Scotland has joined forces with other HIV organisations from across the UK in producing seven asks for local candidates. Whilst some of these pledges do not apply in Scotland as the Scottish Government is responsible for the provision of education, health and social care, Scotland’s MPs do have a crucial role in raising awareness and championing all seven pledges. This General Election is an opportunity to raise the profile of HIV and improve policies services for people affected by HIV in Scotland.

Read the HIV Manifesto [PDF - 775kB]

2017 general election asks

We are calling on the next Government to:

1. Commit to tackling the stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV.

2. Fully fund HIV and sexual health services to meet the needs of local communities.*

3. Recognise the importance of prevention to a sustainable health and social care system by increasing investment in public health services.*

4. Equip schools with the resources they need to ensure that high-quality, age-appropriate, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT)-inclusive sex and relationships education is taught to all young people in all schools.*

5. Make PrEP available to all individuals at risk of HIV in the UK.*

6. Develop a fair benefits system that meets the needs of people living with HIV whether in or out of work.

7. Ensure that the health and social care system is equipped to meet the needs of a population ageing with HIV.*

*The general election is electing MPs to the House of Commons, from across the UK. The House of Commons legislates for health and social care, and education, in England only. The devolved Governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland legislate in these areas.

Take action now

1) Click here to write to your local candidates, asking them to support our manifesto

2) You can Tweet the manifesto to spread the word about our demands – use the hashtag #HIVmanifesto. Below are some model tweets you might like to use. You can also take a photo of yourself holding our HIV pledge board [PDF - 32kB].

3) Take it offline: meet with your candidates face-to-face to discuss the points in the manifesto. Go to any local hustings events to do the same. Ask questions to see how committed they are to the HIV manifesto. Take a look at this toolkit [PDF - 775kB] with details and tips on what questions to ask.

Get social!

I've challenged my local MP candidates to support people living with HIV. Join me by sharing the #HIVmanifesto

HIV is misunderstood and under-funded. Put it back on the agenda this election with the #HIVmanifesto

I pledge to stand with people affected by HIV this general election – do you? #HIVManifesto

I’m calling on the next government to stand with people affected by HIV. #HIVManifesto