HIV manifesto launched

With just over three weeks to go to the UK General Election, we have added our support to an HIV manifesto.

Supported by 21 HIV charities and organisations, the manifesto calls on the next Government to pledge support for people living with or affected by the condition.

The manifesto outlines seven areas for action to ensure that tackling HIV remains a priority. These include action on funding for services, financial support for individuals, education in schools and tackling stigma. You can read the full manifesto here.

Although a number of the manifesto pledges are the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament (and therefore not affected by the General Election) we wanted to add our support to stand alongside colleagues in other parts of the UK and to draw attention to the issues relevant in Scotland.

Among the issues we have been involved in recently are the need to address concerns about the benefits system, to ensure inclusive sex and relationship education, to make information about the availability of PrEP widely available, to continue action on tackling stigma and to ensure that services are equipped to deal with an ageing population living with HIV.

As part of the manifesto campaign, we are encouraging people to get in touch with their local candidates to ask them to pledge their support. To find out more about the campaign, and to contact your candidates, visit the HIV manifesto site here.