Every year on 1 December people around the world come together to mark World AIDS Day.
It’s a day that is internationally recognised to help increase awareness of HIV, challenge stigma, raise money and improve education. Many people also use the day to remember those who have died of AIDS.
World AIDS Day also gives us the opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made in the fight against HIV over the past three decades.
Today in Scotland, HIV is considered a manageable long-term health condition, with treatments allowing people to live long, healthy lives. However, despite improved medical understanding, the condition continues to affect some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, often driven by stigma.