East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani has this week pledged to support the actions of Scotland’s anti-stigma strategy 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 came together to launch Scotland’s first HIV Anti-Stigma Strategy.
“Stigma is still a huge issue for people living with HIV in Scotland. It is one of the biggest barriers to testing. It can stop people from accessing treatment and support. Often people fear telling family, friends and partners their status which can lead to isolation and mental health problems.
“By working together and taking a strong position on addressing stigma, inequality and social exclusion, we can make real different to the lives of people living with HIV.”
George Valiotis, CEO of HIV Scotland said:
“Scotland has all the right tools to reach zero new HIV infections. To achieve this reality, we need a collaborative effort bringing people from a range of communities, organisations and sectors to address stigma. It’s fantastic to see MSPs supporting the strategy and committing to helping Scotland reach zero HIV stigma.”
Scotland’s HIV Anti-Stigma Strategy: Road Map to Zero was launched on Tuesday 28th November ahead of World AIDS Day. Every year on the 1st December people across the globe mark World AIDS Day: the international day to remember the 35 million people who have died worldwide from AIDS-related illnesses, to prevent new cases of HIV and to stand in solidarity with people living with the virus.
To mark World AIDS Day landmarks and buildings across Scotland will be turning their external lights red.