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Help us tell the story of HIV in Scotland

As the world marks 40 years since the emergence of HIV/AIDS, we're looking for people to share their experiences and help us tell Scotland's part in the story.

We're looking for people to take part in an oral history project, sharing their memories of the role that communities and campaigners played in Scotland's HIV response.

The project, which is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will look back to the earliest stages of the HIV outbreak in the 1980s, through the fear, stigma and heartbreak that followed, and on to the emergence of effective treatments, U=U and PrEP that have shifted the focus onto living well with HIV.

We're looking for people with an interest in HIV to take part in interviews, carried out by members of our Community History Group, to share their experiences. You might be:

  • living with HIV
  • someone who has cared for, or supported someone with HIV
  • a current or former healthcare worker supporting people with HIV
  • a member of a community group that has raised awareness of HIV
  • anyone who has been involved in HIV activism or volunteering

We want to make sure we're telling the full story, that includes the perspectives of people from all backgrounds. In particular, we'd love to hear from people from African communities, people who have injected drugs, sex workers, people who identify as women, and members of the LGBTQI+ community.

Whatever your link to Scotland's HIV story, we would love to hear from you, even if you think you might not have much to say!

If you'd like to find out more about the project, you can get in touch with Francis Osis, on

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