People living with HIV in Scotland continue to experience shocking levels of shame, blame and guilt because of their status.

The 2015/16 HIV Stigma Survey UK revealed that people living with HIV in Scotland continue to experience shocking levels of shame, blame and guilt because of their status. 

Four in ten described a negative self-image, with almost a quarter reporting suicidal thoughts. 

Experiences of stigma in health or social care settings were common; one in eight participants said they had avoided seeking care or support in the year prior to being surveyed, for fear of discrimination. To those of us who work in the HIV sector, these findings came as no surprise. 

Over the years we have seen massive leaps forward in the treatment, prevention and policies concerning HIV. 

Advances in anti-retroviral treatment mean that people with HIV can look forward to a normal life expectancy, secure in the knowledge that they cannot pass on the virus. 

New prevention technologies such as PEP and PrEP (pre and post-exposure prophylaxis) enable those most at risk of acquiring HIV to protect themselves better than ever before. 

Since 2010, HIV has been recognised as a disability under the Equalities Act, making it unlawful for employers and wider society to discriminate against people on the grounds of HIV status. 

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