The chairman of NHSGGC has welcomed Glasgow becoming Scotland’s first HIV Fast Track city, ahead of World AIDS Day on Saturday.
Glasgow City Council today agreed to sign the city up to the Fast Track Cities initiative – a global partnership which aims to help end the threat of AIDS by 2030.
To mark this historic move, two of Glasgow’s hospitals will be lighting up red in support of World AIDS Day 2018.
Health Board Chairman John Brown said: “NHSGGC is proud to be marking World AIDS Day and both the Queen Elizabeth University and Gartnavel General hospitals will be glowing red for the occasion. By working together we can make Glasgow a better place to live for people with HIV.
Mr Brown added: “HIV continues to affect communities across Scotland, including Greater Glasgow and Clyde where 88 people were newly diagnosed last year so we are all proud to support this global initiative which sees Glasgow joining the Fast Track Cities.”
Dr Roger Wong, HIV Consultant in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, said: “Thankfully there have been huge advances in the treatment of HIV over the years and people diagnosed with HIV can now expect to live full healthy lives. With treatment, the amount of virus in the blood can become undetectable meaning that HIV cannot be passed to others.
“In spite of this, misconceptions about HIV persist and many people experience stigma and discrimination which is often the most difficult part of living with the condition. This year, on World AIDS Day, we are helping to promote a message that challenges this stigma, and underlines the effectiveness of current HIV treatments – it’s called Undetectable=Untransmittable.
Dr Wong added: “Stigma linked to HIV sometimes puts people off from taking an HIV test. So HIV hasn’t gone away. Last year 88 people in the board area were diagnosed with HIV with a total of 228 across Scotland.
“There’s a lot that can be done to prevent transmission of HIV, including knowing the facts about HIV and how it’s passed on, understanding the risks associated with sex and injecting drugs, and getting tested regularly.”
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Here is a link to the Glasgow City Council announcement: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=23518
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