Challenging Glasgow’s HIV Outbreak


Since 2015, Glasgow has seen the largest HIV outbreak in the UK since the 1980s.

Since 2015 a system of HIV care, treatment and education has developed to address the often complex needs of people affected by the outbreak. While this system of care cannot directly address inequalities stemming from socio-economic determinants, it works toward reducing new HIV infections through testing and harm reduction services. It also supports those living with HIV to live well while adhering to treatment (Falagas et al., 2008).

Waverley Care’s HIV Street Support Project works within this system, contributing to HIV prevention and support by providing street-based outreach and support to people who inject drugs, are homeless or in temporary accommodation, and are living with or at risk of HIV.

In recognition of the severity and continuing impact of the outbreak, this peer evaluation aims to ensure the HIV Street Support Project is effectively meeting the needs of those most affected. The evaluation was carried out by a team of peer researchers and staff from Waverley Care’s Research and Engagement Project. The evaluation used a mixed method approach, combining peer-led service user interviews with an online partner survey.