A new survey has found that despite advances in HIV treatment and prevention, public knowledge continues to include several myths and misconceptions that contribute to the ongoing stigma faced by people living with HIV.
HIV Scotland, the national HIV policy organisation for Scotland, has said that this demonstrates the need for a coordinated approach to tackle HIV-related stigma if ongoing HIV transmissions are to be reduced.
The Our Voice Citizen’s Panel Survey showed:
· Only 27% of people would be comfortable starting a relationship with someone who is living with HIV;
· 21% of people continue to believe that HIV can be passed on from kissing, whilst 5% believe it can be passed on through sharing a glass, cup or cutlery;
· Only 17% of people were aware that PrEP, a pill you can take daily that prevents HIV transmission, exists; (…)