Supporting World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day took place on the 1st December and I was delighted to join my parliamentary colleagues Brian Whittle MSP and Miles Briggs MSP to support HIV Scotland on this very important day. 

We have come a long way since the hard-hitting AIDS campaigns of the 1980's and now people know far more about the disease, it is more manageable and the way that we raise awareness of HIV/AIDS has changed completely. One thing that hasn't changed though, is the stigma that many people with HIV/AIDS face on a daily basis.

I was able to speak in a members business debate in the Scottish Parliament on World AIDS Day, and I acknowledged the fact that one statistic from the National AIDS Trust showed that 2 out of 5 people in Britain believe that their manager should tell them if a colleague is living with HIV.

This is just one example that prejudice still exists on this issue.

To listen to my full speech in the chamber, click here.

For the full transcript of the debate, click here.