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Waverley Care challenge for new Parliament

As a new intake of MSPs take their seats in Holyrood, and the Government pack is shuffled, we’re calling for strong action from elected representatives on HIV, hepatitis C and sexual health.


At the beginning of this month, the people of Scotland went to the polls to elect a new Scottish Parliament.  

With the class of 2021 settling into their new roles, our Chief Executive, Grant Sugden, is calling on elected representatives to support an ambitious Covid recovery plan for sexual health and blood borne viruses

In letters to the new Health Secretary, Humza Yousaf MSP, and Public Health Minister, Maree Todd MSP, we’ve outlined five priorities for the coming Parliament

  • A dedicated Action Plan to get Scotland to Zero new HIV infections by 2030 
  • The expansion of the hugely successful PrEP programme in Scotland 
  • Tackling the HIV outbreak in Glasgow, and the wider issue of drug related deaths 
  • A renewed commitment to eliminating hepatitis C by 2024 
  • Improving sexual health education for all 

We are also writing to all opposition parties in Holyrood to highlight these priorities. 

Grant Sugden said: “In the 21 years since the Scottish Parliament reconvened, Scotland has made huge strides in the fight against HIV, hepatitis C and poor sexual health. 

“There have been vast improvements to testing and treatment, and breakthroughs in prevention like PrEP and U=U, but we know we’ve still got a long way to go. 

“Many of the people we work with around HIV, hep C and sexual health face complex health and social inequalities that can get in the way of them getting support. This includes things like mental health, stigma and discrimination, drug and alcohol use and poverty.  

“We’ve seen first-hand how these inequalities have been made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic, so we want to see strong action in the recovery. 

“The new Parliament is an opportunity for us to reach out to elected representatives with the power to make a difference. Our work puts us in a good position to influence change – and we're looking forward to working with the new Scottish Government team, and MSPs across the parties to make that happen." 

About our Asks

1. An Action Plan for Zero HIV 
2. Expanding the PrEP Programme 
3. Tackling Glasgow’s HIV outbreak
4. Eliminating Hepatitis C by 2024 
5. Improving access to sexual health education 

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