Stuart McMillan MSP commits to ending HIV related stigma in Scotland

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP, Stuart McMillan, joined with HIV Scotland to mark World AIDS Day in the Scottish Parliament this week, and celebrate the launch of the new book, Disclosures: Rewriting the Narrative About HIV.

Ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December, HIV Scotland along with people living with and affected by HIV came together to launch the stigma-busting book, that has a foreword written by Jackie Kay.

Mr McMillan said:

“Stigma is still a huge issue for people living with HIV in Scotland. It is one of the biggest barriers to testing, and 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 a real difference to the lives of people living with HIV. This book is a new tool to educate and inform people about the modern day realities of HIV, and I’m proud to support HIV Scotland’s work.”

Nathan Sparling, Interim Chief Executive of HIV Scotland said:

“Scotland has all the right tools to reach zero new HIV infections. It’s fantastic to see MSPs supporting the launch of our new stigma-busting book that brings together people living with and affected by HIV to take part in creative activism to change the narrative of HIV in Scotland.”

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.

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