Whilst drug-related HIV diagnoses peaked in the 1980s, HIV among gay men formed a plateau. In recent years, HIV in gay men is rising, a global trend.
There were significant differences in the spread, and in Scotland’s response to HIV in these two populations.
The rapidity and geographically limited spread of HIV through needle-sharing came as a shock. Its impact on gay men in the USA, however, served as an early warning on the other side of the Atlantic. In 1982, a gro