Recently in my capacity as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS I visited the Waverley Care Centre in Edinburgh.
Waverley Care provides care and support to people living with HIV and AIDS across Scotland, with outreach services to vulnerable groups, offering peer support and guidance and a buddying scheme for people who are newly diagnosed with HIV and have anxieties about how they will cope with the illness.
As the HIV virus has adapted, so have the services of Waverley Care with staff now supporting their clients to manage their treatment and live with what is now a long term condition.
They also do a lot of work with asylum seekers living with HIV, a group who are often doubly stigmatised due to their immigration status and their HIV status.
Charitable organisations like Waverley Care have been at the forefront of the response to HIV and AIDS since the virus was first discovered in the 1980s, and it is essential that their work continues., and it is essential that their work continues.