Motion ref. S5M-23541
World AIDS Day 2020
Submitted by: Jamie Greene, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Michelle Ballantyne, Neil Bibby, Bill Bowman, Sarah Boyack, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Peter Chapman, Neil Findlay, John Finnie, Rachael Hamilton, Emma Harper, Alison Johnstone, Liam Kerr, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Liam McArthur, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Margaret Mitchell, Oliver Mundell, Alex Rowley, Anas Sarwar, Liz Smith, Colin Smyth, Alexander Stewart, David Torrance, Brian Whittle, Andy Wightman
That the Parliament recognises that 1 December 2020 marks World AIDS Day, which offers the opportunity to remember the people who have been lost due to the HIV pandemic, raise awareness of HIV and challenge stigma; understands that, with early diagnosis and effective treatment, HIV is a manageable long-term health condition; acknowledges and affirms the scientific evidence that people living with HIV who receive treatment that reduces the level of virus to levels that are undetectable cannot pass on the virus through sex; recognises HIV Scotland’s new campaign, Generation Zero, which aims to end stigma by getting people to talk about the facts about HIV; notes the role that PrEP plays in virus transmission reduction; understands however that a Public Attitudes Poll published by HIV Scotland suggests that 46% of Scots incorrectly believe that HIV can be transmitted by kissing, spitting or biting, but believes that, with the right focus on ending stigma, supported awareness of treatment and prevention and increasing testing rates, Scotland will be on the way to meet the aspiration to have no HIV transmissions by 2030.