NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde consider that any stigmatisation or discrimination of people living with HIV is unacceptable.  

Poor knowledge and misconceptions about how the virus is transmitted means that HIV can evoke fears, prejudices and negative attitudes, and unfortunately many people living with HIV still experience stigma and discrimination within healthcare settings in NHSGGC.

Here you will find information on the work we are doing to tackle and reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination within NHSGGC.

We have been working closely with people living with HIV to create new resources and a staff campaign.  This is the story of how through collaborative working we hope to put and end to stigma within our services.

What is Stigma?

Stigma is usually based on fear, ignorance and prejudice.  Misconceptions and a lack of knowledge about HIV and how it is transmitted contribute to stigma. 

 What is Discrimination?

While stigma is found in a person’s attitude or beliefs, discrimination is about their behaviour. Discrimination means treating one person differently from another based on their characteristics. Examples HIV patients report include:

  • “Your appointment is delayed or you are moved to the end of the list”
  • “The person puts on two pairs of gloves to treat you”
  • “Openly discussing status in front of other staff or even patients”
  • “Treatment was poor. Their fear made them aggressive towards me”