Donald Introduces HIV Summit at Parliament

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron opened an event at the Scottish Parliament dedicated to the discussion of HIV care, education and prevention.

The meeting was hosted by HIV Scotland and Gilead, and included a range of speakers from other parties and external organisations. 

Speaking at the event, Donald Cameron MSP said: 

"While an unjust stigma sadly still exists around this condition, the work of organisations like HIV Scotland and of the many charities and other stakeholders who are here tonight, has allowed us to talk more openly about HIV, and educate people about the risks of HIV. It's also why we see more encouraging figures such as the most recent quarterly statistics which show that the number of reported infections in the 15-24 age category are at their lowest level since 1995."

He added:

"I had the opportunity to speak in a debate organised by Kezia Dugdale for World Aids Day last year and I spoke a lot about my experiences growing up in an era where there was a lot of ignorance about HIV/AIDS. I am encouraged that today in 2017, we have moved on significantly from that time however there is a long way to go.

As we look to the future, Scotland can be a world leader in the prevention of HIV, care for those with HIV/AIDS, education of young people and in the development of treatments."