Thursday , 13 December 2018

Tag Archives: HIV prejudice

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland to fight HIV stigma and prejudice

Nicola Sturgeon's World AIDS Day message

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland stands in solidarity with people living with HIV and against stigma and prejudice. Sturgeon recorded a YouTube video message for World AIDS Day 2015, especially focused on challenging misconceptions and prejudice regarding HIV. In the message she said: “There has been real progress around HIV in the past 30 years – for example ...

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Scotland’s leaders unite in solidarity with people living with HIV

Left to right - Ruth Davidson, Patrick Harvie, Nicola Sturgeon, George Valiotis, Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie

Scotland’s political leaders have united in solidarity today with people living with HIV, challenging stigma, prejudice and calling for improved detection. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and Green co-convener Patrick Harvie stood side-by-side at the steps to the Scottish Parliament, with HIV Scotland’s CEO, George Valiotis, wearing red ...

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What taking PrEP has meant for me

Greg Mitchell

Greg Mitchell lives in London, and took part as a HIV-negative man in the PROUD study, assessing PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). Here he talks in his own words about taking PrEP, the effects it had on him and how other people reacted. “I’m not a medical professional or a scientist. I am simply someone who is on the PROUD study in ...

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Scottish government updates sexual health framework

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government updated the national sexual health framework today, promising to involve people affected or living with STDs, HIV positive people in decisions about services and safeguarding their welfare. The document, entitled ‘Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus (BBV) Framework 2015 – 2020 Update’, was published at the World Hepatitis Summit in Glasgow, seeks greater community involvement of in the ...

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HIV discoverer: “a cure is almost impossible”

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, Nobel Prize laureate and co-discoverer of HIV in 1983, said that in her opinion a cure for HIV “is almost an impossible mission,” but a “functional cure” and vaccine might be achievable. In this article, KaleidoScot explores the issues at stake and outlines her substantive arguments in light of what is known so far. Barre-Sinoussi made her statement, ...

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Proud study film highlights PrEP’s necessity: Part 2

PrEP

Filmmaker Nicholas Feustel has launched a unique documentary about the PROUD HIV prevention study, in the second part of an interview series, we discuss the implications for Scotland. The documentary and the issues it raises has begun to spark a public debate in Scotland’s LGBTI communities. KaleidoScot interviewed several key policy, and health charities as well as hearing the opinion ...

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Proud study film highlights PrEP’s necessity: Part 1

Proud Study

Filmmaker Nicholas Feustel has launched a unique documentary about the PROUD HIV prevention study, in a two-part feature series, KaleidoScot discusses the film, its importance and interviews participants and experts. In the first part of the interview we speak with Feustel, and documentary participants, Gus Cairns and Greg Mitchell. The PROUD study showed that Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) – taking a ...

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UK HIV Self Test Kits go on sale

The first officially licensed HIV Self Test Kits in the UK have now gone on sale. The kits, manufactured by BioSure, have been approved last month after legislations were amended to legalise self-testing. This blood-based test is, according to BioSure, is 99.7 percent accurate, and carries the ‘CE’ European quality assurance mark that represents approval by European quality testers. The ...

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Wood and Sturgeon slam Farage for scaremongering against HIV positive people

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage was shamed for branding HIV positive people as being an example of “health tourism” and a burden on NHS funding. The UKIP leader was openly criticised by Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru and Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, for prejudice against HIV Positive people, during a televised pre-election debate. Farage branded HIV positive people as a burden ...

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