HIV and AIDS in Scotland in 2014

Check this video:

marion chatterley from Kelvin Holdsworth on Vimeo.

It is World AIDS Day next week. To mark that date this year, I’ve recorded a number of conversations with Marion Chatterley in connection with her work as Chaplain to people with HIV and Hep C in Scotland.

Here are some of the things that Marion and I touched on this conversation:

  • Does it matter if you become HIV+ when they’ve got medicines that can keep it under control?
  • What stigma means in Scotland today
  • How young gay men are putting themselves at unnecessary risk
  • Dating apps
  • Why the church needs to talk about healthy relationships

There will be more later in the week. Comments and questions welcome below.


  1. Franny Mawditt says

    Its so good to hear a conversation where points are so clearly stated!

  2. Roddy Neilson says

    I have a patient who I have diagnosed as having a high grade lymphoma. This person is HIV positive and has been since 2007. This person has managed to create a false identity such that he/she has been monitored for HIV disease for 7 years without anybody knowing. This person believes that if anyone knows they are HIV positive they will suffer discrimination. When this person was diagnosed as having lymphoma they denied any risk factors for HIV until I pushed the matter.

    My point? You’d be surprised, as was I, by how little some people believe life is ok if they are HIV +; in spite of societal shift, better treatments and more knowledge.

    I just felt very sad for this person. He/she is doing ok now.

  3. My brother died of AIDS related Meningitis, he was one of the first people who was diagnosed in Scotland. The drug regime used mow wasn’t even thought of then.
    I know that many people are to rephrase an 80s slogan still dying of ignorance, young people think that it’s an old man’s disease.
    Intravenous drug use is, and always has been, a way in which many bloodborn diseases are passed around. Jaundice, Hep C … and so on.
    When I think of my life then, I am constantly reminded that, there but for the grace of
    God go I. No restraints, no thought of the consequences, tomorrow never comes.

    God bless all who are suffering from the stigma attached to any disease and maybe find comfort in prayer.

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