Positive Persons’ Forum

Over the weekend, 85 people living with HIV came together in Glasgow for HIV Scotland’s Positive Persons’ Forum.

The annual event is an opportunity for people to share experiences about living with HIV in Scotland and to help set the agenda for change.

The day prompted lively discussion on everything from improving the quality of sex education to the impact of media reporting and coverage of Charlie Sheen’s HIV status.

As in previous years, the key issues, concerns and priorities will be captured in a Positive Persons’ Manifesto which can then be used in campaigning for improvement in the year ahead.

While the focus of the day is very much on the people living with HIV, the Forum also provides an opportunity for organisations like Waverley Care to talk about our work.

As part of the event, we spoke to the audience about Always Hear, our national campaign which is raising awareness of the realities of living with HIV in Scotland and challenging the stigma that still exists.

The packed programme also included updates on the latest treatment developments, progress on the Project 100 peer support initiative in Scotland and the latest from the UK Stigma Index.

It was great to once again be part of such a fantastic event and it is inspiring to see people come together to call for strong action to improve the lives of people living with HIV.