Thursday , 13 December 2018

Tag Archives: HIV stigma

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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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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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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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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George Valiotis – HIV Scotland: What Do We Do

George Valiotis

In an exclusive video-interview KaleidoScot’s, Andrew Page, interviews George Valiotis, who explains his ogranisation’s role regarding policies, research and also highlights issues pertinent to World Aids Day 2014, and in particular to Scotland. The campaigner explains how research and grassroots needs guide HIV Scotland’s understanding of issues relating to HIV in Scotland, and in turn shapes the charity’s work on ...

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Scotland, What Will You Do about HIV?

What Will You Do?

In an unprecedented move, for World AIDS Day (Monday 1 December), charities, campaigners and health boards from across Scotland have joined forces to ask Scotland ‘What Will You Do’ about HIV – the virus that when left untreated can lead to AIDS. The campaign is asking everyone in Scotland, from individuals to politicians, to think actively about what they can ...

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Stewart McDonald, Farage anti HIV poz policy is a wake up call

Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP

Stewart McDonald, convener of the SNP’s LGBT group, Out for Independence, comments on Farage’s new scapegoating target, people who are HIV positive, and says this must serve as a wake-up call for left leaning politics. “‘KEEP HIV POSITIVE MIGRANTS OUT OF BRITAIN, SAYS FARAGE’. That is the headline that screeched across  The Guardian. Mr Farage made his remarks in an interview ...

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Ban HIV positive migrants from the UK, says Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP

Nigel Farage, leader of the right wing UKIP party, called for HIV positive people and murderers to be banned from migrating to Britain as a “good start” in “controlling the quality of people who come” to the UK. The statement came shortly before the UKIP’s first ever MP was elected into office in the Clacton byelection, last night. His statement ...

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Scots theatre to challenge HIV-related stigma

Scottish Youth Theatre to challenge HIV stigma

The Brownlee HIV Patient Forum, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) and Scottish Youth Theatre have formed a partnership to stage short dramatic pieces designed to provoke thought, challenge and confront HIV-related stigma. In an era where HIV can be controlled with good treatment and care, stigma has been described as the single biggest challenge. Stigma not only restricts the ...

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