Speaking on World AIDS Day, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has said that more needs to be done to tackle stigma around HIV and AIDs.
Around 100,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 35 million people have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Commenting, Mr Rennie said:
“Over the last 30 years we have taken massive steps forward in terms of the way that people suffering from HIV and AIDS are treated.
“Medication means that people with HIV can live as long as people without the disease. But it is clear that there is still a huge amount that needs to be done to tackle the global impact of this pandemic.
“While our understanding of HIV and AIDS has increased massively over the last three decades, change in attitudes to these diseases has not kept pace with the scientific progress that has been made. Tackling stigma is hugely important and this world AIDS day I would encourage everyone to visit HIVaware.org.uk to get the facts about HIV and AIDS.”