Articles tagged with: Scotland

Nationwide service to tackle loneliness and self stigma among people with HIV launched in Scotland

published: June, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, Health, International , Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Leading HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a brand new, Scotland-wide peer support service, to enable people to live well with HIV.

Nationwide service to tackle loneliness and self stigma among people with HIV launched in Scotland

Although advances in medication mean that people with HIV can now live long and healthy lives medically, they still face stigma and discrimination, which can lead to isolation and low self-esteem. Nearly 60 per cent of people with HIV in Scotland have experienced low self-esteem, and a quarter have felt suicidal. [1] Now, Peer Support Scotland, funded by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, will bring together people living with HIV to share their experiences, knowledge and advice, to support other

‘A near normal lifespan for people with HIV?’ For whom is this true - and who misses out?

published: May, 15, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Treatment, Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter: "We can’t ignore these vulnerabilities that can put individuals more at risk both for acquiring HIV, getting diagnosed late, or struggling to adhere to the medication."

‘A near normal lifespan for people with HIV?’ For whom is this true - and who misses out?

Yesterday, the Lancet published a study titled ‘Survival of HIV-positive patients starting antiretroviral therapy between 1996 and 2013: a collaborative analysis of cohort studies’. This study found that ‘even in the late ART era, survival during the first three years of ART continues to improve.’ In fact, the authors found that ‘between 1996 and 2010, life expectancy in 20-year-old patients starting ART increased by about nine years in women and ten years in men.’ The authors con

Scotland says ‘yes’ to PrEP

published: April, 20, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Media, Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk: "The news today exacerbates a postcode lottery that already exists in the UK when it comes to sexual health and the impact that has on the communities living with and affected by HIV."

Scotland says ‘yes’ to PrEP

In just a couple of weeks we will also have an announcement in Wales – let’s hope it is as positive. I’m annoyed at my ignorance but I don’t even know what’s happening in Northern Ireland and a quick ‘Google’ isn’t answering the question. Meanwhile in England we’re still awaiting the start date of another trial – although in reaction to the news today a statement was released:  "Considerable progress has been made in preparing for the HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

Want to understand HIV? Ask the 'why' questions.

published: January, 12, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter finds that being asked difficult questions benefits both the trainee and the trainer. Test your HIV knowledge with Megan's quiz!

Want to understand HIV? Ask the 'why' questions.

Think you understand HIV? Really know your stuff? So did I. Then I started training. When I first started my job at Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland, I had been out of the field for two years. I was worried that some of the information I held was out of date, or not relevant to a UK context. This was true to some degree. I’ve had to update and geographically re-position my information. All of this has been acquired learning for me. However, this has paled in comparison to the amount of new k

Homophobia and PrEP in the UK

published: August, 09, 2016 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, International , Legal, Treatment, Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Homophobia and HIV stigma run high in the UK, with the Daily Mail leading the charge, as Megan Deputter relates.

Homophobia and PrEP in the UK

The Daily Mail has published some rubbish in its time, but yesterday’s news takes the cake. One of the first things I did since starting my new role as Training Manager at Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland is develop an HIV Awareness training course. In my introduction to the topic, I provide an overview to where we are with HIV today. In a nutshell, I explain, we have grown immensely in our ability to understand, prevent and treat HIV. But stigma is stubborn. Stigma has been with us since th

Introduction to my new world

published: September, 29, 2014 Categories // Travel, Lifestyle

First impressions: Megan DePutter recently left her job working with an AIDS Service organization in Guelph, Ontario to move to Glasgow, Scotland. Here’s her first report from there.

Introduction to my new world

Megan has a new bio bio:  Formerly the Women’s Community Development Coordinator at HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health in Guelph, Ontario, Megan now resides in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband and cat.  Newly transplanted, Megan is learning to love haggis and whiskey while exploring the local cultural attitudes towards equality, accessibility, harm reduction, and HIV. *******  Introduction to my new world  I could be at the Red Brick Cafe, or any coffee shop in Canada. Around

My diagnosis

published: November, 04, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

What’s it like to be newly diagnosed today? Guest writer scotspozlad found out he was HIV-positive in October 2013. Here he tells what happened and how he felt about it.

My diagnosis

I’m a 31 year old single gay male from Aberdeen and found out I was HIV+ on Friday 18 October. 2013. I feel like I have just stood up at an AA meeting but I’m glad to get that out of the way. I won’t share my name or photo quite yet but I promise I will do so further down the line.  I had a general sexual health check up at the ‘City Clinic’ on October 16 as it had been almost a year since my last one. I know it should be every six or even three months but time just seemed to run a

Needle exchanges in prison settings

published: March, 20, 2013 Categories // Health, International , Legal, Opinion Pieces

Roy Kilpatrick wrote “Defusing Scotland’s HIV prison timebomb” but the need for a harm reduction approach to the practice of sharing needles inside prison walls could be argued applies way outside Scotland’s borders.

Exactly twenty years ago, in the first three months of 1993, more than thirty men in care of Her Majesty’s Prison Glenochil (Scotland) (below, right) were on heroin, sharing needles and syringes. During a prison-wide HIV testing campaign, it came to light that 12 of the men had become HIV positive as a result.  Today, twenty years on, HIV treatment has radically improved the health and longevity of people living with the virus. For anyone receiving an HIV diagnosis in the early 1990s, howe

A road test for HIV prevention science

published: March, 11, 2013 Categories // Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Opinion Pieces

The Atlanta CROI 2013 conference has produced big news. Roy Kilpatrck has followed this conference from his laptop in the comfort of my Edinburgh living room. Here he summarizes the latest in HIV prevention that came out of the conference,

The Conference on Retroviruses & Opportunistic Infections (CROI) focusses mainly on biological sciences. What can we learn about prevention?  Nothing is more likely to whip the media into a frenzy over HIV than the word ‘cure’. Over these past few days, reports from a conference in Atlanta of the ‘cure’ of a baby from HIV fuelled numerous media headlines. Since the initial reports, it has become obvious why the ‘cure’ was qualified by the ambiguous ‘functional’, and why i

HIV increase in gay men caused by fall in condom use

published: February, 21, 2013 Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

New writer, Scottish HIV expert Roy Kilpatrick says "the increase of HIV in gay men is caused by a fall in condom use. In the words of the Chief Scientist of the Springfield Institute , “DOH!”"

In a study published last week-end, the Health Protection Agency sets out their analysis of a well-documented epidemic.  Read it in full on Plos One or more briefly in the BBC news report. It answers a question many of us have been asking, “Why do HIV infections continue to rise in the face of high coverage of ART treatments and with a tripling of HIV testing?”  The study compares two periods of time, 1990-1997, and 1998-2010.  HIV infections rose by 50%. During the same period, condom

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