WORLD AIDS DAY – DECEMBER 1ST 2018

On Saturday 1st December, events will take place around the world to mark the 30th annual World AIDS day.

Today in Scotland HIV is considered a manageable long term health condition, with treatments allowing people to live long, healthy lives. However, despite improved medical understanding, the condition continues to affect some of the most vulnerable people in our community, often driven by stigma.

 

This year on World AIDS Day we are helping to promote a message that challenges this stigma, and underlines the effectiveness of current HIV treatments – its called Undetectable = Untransmissible. U=U is a powerful challenge to the stigma often associated with HIV. It highlights not only that treatment can help people living with HIV to live well, but also that treatment can play a role, alongside condoms, testing and PrEP, in stopping the spread of HIV.

HIV treatments work by reducing the level of HIV in the body, to the point where it is undetectable. It can take up to six months of treatment for a person to reach this point, and they need to continue to adhere to treatment throughout their life in order to remain undetectable.

 

Today in Scotland HIV is considered a manageable long term health condition, with treatments allowing people to live long, healthy lives. However, despite improved medical understanding, the condition continues to affect some of the most vulnerable people in our community, often driven by stigma.

 

If you think you might have put yourself at risk of HIV then you should get yourself test. You can get a free, confidential HIV test by visiting your local:

Sexual Health Clinic – Click here for more information

Addictions Service   Click here for more information

THT Testing Clinic – rapid testing available  Click here 

GP Surgery

South Ayrshire Homeless Nursing Team

Home testing kits (available to order on THT website) – if ordering other testing kits online, please check they have the British Standard Kite Mark.