Pamela Nash MP welcomes the Government’s moves to remove outdated legislation

15th August 2013

Chair of the HIV/AIDS APPG Pamela Nash MP welcomes the Government’s moves to remove outdated legislation for people living with HIV but says there is still a long way to go to reduce the stigma attached to living with HIV.

While almost 100,000 people live with HIV in the UK, it is estimated that a quarter do not know their status. This shocking statistic is just one manifestation of the stigma still attached to living with HIV. People need to be aware that HIV is a treatable condition and that they will not be condemned to the margins of society. Today’s announcement goes some way towards getting that message across so that more people are inclined to find out their HIV status and not shy away out of fear.

Pamela Nash, Chair of the HIV/AIDS APPG said: “It is high time these outdated laws were addressed. Banning health professionals from certain “jobs” sends out entirely the wrong message to people living with HIV and the general public and has been devastating to many people’s lives and careers. It never ceases to amaze me the terrible impact this treatable condition can have on the lives of people living with HIV; not only do they face the prospect of life-long medication but in many cases the greatest challenge is dealing with obsolete views that should have died in the 80s.
As Chair of the APPG on this issue, I am trying to raise people’s awareness so that we can tackle attitudes which leave people living with HIV on the margins of society. It is not only morally wrong but scientifically completely wide of the mark. HIV is treatable and it is not contagious once a person is under treatment. Let’s get that message out to people.”