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Telling the Story of HIV in Scotland

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

Earlier this year, we received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting, two-year project to chart and share the history of HIV and AIDS in Scotland.

The project 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.

After initial work behind the scenes, we're excited to be looking for people with lived experience to take the project forward, as Sessional Engagagement and Peer Engagement Officers in a new Community History Group.

In these paid roles, group members will work together, supported by our Research and Engagement Team, to ensure that Scotland's HIV story has the people who were there at its heart. They will have the chance to interview people about their memories and experiences, look back through the archives to bring forgotten details to light, and contribute to a exhibition showcasing the work at the National Library of Scotland.

We're looking for people who have lived with, or been affected by HIV, who enjoy talking to new people and are good listeners to take the project forward. You don’t need any experience in research as we’ll provide full training.

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.

By getting involved, you'll have the chance to gain new skills, meet new people, and influence how the history of HIV in Scotland is told.

To find out more, check out the flyer below, and if you'd like to talk to someone about applying, you can get in touch with Francis Osis, on or 07808 717473.

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