How HIV has changed
HIV Scotland was set up as the Scottish Voluntary HIV and AIDS Forum in September 1994, a crucial stage in the development of Scotland’s response to HIV, some 12 years into the epidemic. The organisation’s establishment by leading figures in the third and HIV sectors was a response to the Scottish Office AIDS Task Force call for improved provision and coordination of services.
- Scotland’s first “Positive Person’s Forum” organised by HIV Scotland
- Minorities, Communities and BBVs Conference
- Scotland’s first Scottish World AIDS Day Awareness Group was formed [PDF – 807kB]
- “People living with Hepatitis C and HIV their views on Welfare Reform” Report [PDF – 1MB] produced by HIV Scotland and Hepatitis Scotland.
- New CEO George Valiotis began in post
- HIV Action Plan launched.
- Report of national HIV treatments needs assessment: HIV Scotland, with the committee, advocates for standards development and setting up MCNs (Managed Care Networks)
- Discussions re a prevention plan with Scottish Government results in an integrated HIV Action Plan, based on the HIV Scotland recommendation from the International AIDS Conference in Mexico
- Establishment of African Country Associations Health Forum
- African and Minority Ethnic HIV Project set up by HIV Scotland.
- Establishment of the committee to explore sexual health and HIV services etc, HIV Scotland takes lead role
- Kerr sets up the National Sexual Health Advisory Committee
- ‘Review of HIV Health Promotion Strategies’ is published, having been recommended by HIV Scotland and accepted at its AGM by health minister
- First national billboard campaign across Scotland to promote HGS
- Devolution: successive ministers lead on HIV including Sam Galbraith (pre-devolution), Susan Deacon, Malcolm Chisholm, Andy Kerr, and Shona Robison
- Gay Men’s Health emerges in Edinburgh
- Combination therapy results in first successes treating HIV, termed the Lazarus effect
- Healthy Gay Scotland (HGS)- the first national gay men’s health promotion collaboration led by The Forum
- Scottish Voluntary HIV and AIDS Forum (“The Forum”) established (predecessor to HIV Scotland)
- Demonstration outside the Scottish Office demanding action
- Dundee and Glasgow follow Edinburgh’s lead and introduce needle exchanges. They open to public controversy, with video camera surveillence and violence
- Waverley Care set up and Milestone House opens as UK’s first purpose-built AIDS hospice
- Methadone substitute prescribing introduced in Edinburgh
- First needle exchange set up in Edinburgh
- Outbreak of HIV among IV drug users in Edinburgh: over 60% infected in 6 months