Consultation event offers chance to address unmet needs of people living with HIV.

Tom Arthur MSP has highlighted the importance of a sector-wide and community consultation event being hosted by HIV Scotland next month, encouraging interested parties to attend.

The consultation aims to shape health and social policy and to discuss forward-thinking strategies to address the unmet needs of people living with HIV.

The event is part of HIV Scotland’s National Patient Survey (NPS) – a national, peer-led project considering the experience of people living with HIV and their relationship to mental health services, ageing, the patient-clinician relationship, and access to general health services.

Co-designed and developed with people living with HIV, the organisation aims to bring together sector partners, key decision-makers and people living with HIV across Scotland to help deliver pioneering and sustainable solutions to address the major themes and challenges identified from the project.  

The organisation has set the following aims for the consultation:

  1. Present the evidence identified from the project;
  2. Explore and discuss the major themes and challenges;
  3. Devise solutions and strategies to address unmet needs and barriers identified, and;
  4. Discuss and agree on next steps to adapt, adopt, and implement solutions for a unified approach to Scotland’s HIV response.

The event is taking place at HIV Scotland’s office in Edinburgh on Tuesday 6 December between 10am-3pm. Anyone living with HIV in Scotland is free to attend and those interested can register for a free place here.

As part of the wider project, Tom Arthur MSP, who is also Co-Chair of the Cross Party Group on Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses at the Scottish Parliament, recently chaired expert seminars focusing on older people living with HIV, on the subjects of health-related quality of life, social isolation, and stigma-free care services.

Commenting, he said:

“HIV Scotland’s work is vital in ensuring those living with HIV can live lives free of stigma and have access to the highest attainable standard of health and wellbeing.

“This consultation offers an important chance for those living with HIV in Scotland to have their say on the future of health and social policy and how best to meet their needs.

 “I would encourage interested constituents to register and attend the event if they can.”


Where: HIV Scotland, 18 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EP

When: Tuesday, 6th December 2019

Time: 10:00AM – 3:00PM (lunch provided)


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