Alex Cole-Hamilton's message for World AIDS Day
Originally published by LGBT+ Liberal Democrats
Alex Cole-Hamilton, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Scotland and MSP for Edinburgh Western, has recorded a video message for World AIDS Day 2021 with the Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland.
He says: "With all the crisis and problems we face in the world, whether that's the pandemic or the climate emergency, it is easy to forget we are still facing a much longer lasting crisis, and that is in the global HIV / AIDS epidemic.
"It's still happening, it's still growing, people are still catching HIV every single day.
"We have made great strides forward in awareness, in diminishing the stigma around it, and in getting therapies to people particularly around PrEP in terms of stopping people catching this important illness in the first place.
"It is survivable now, you can live with HIV. We've got great therapies that can reduce detectable viral load to almost nothing.
"But it doesn't mean that we can give up on it, or give up trying to stop it.
"That's why this World AIDS Day I'm asking everyone to think about this once again and remember that this is still a battle that we are yet to win."