Scotland has an opportunity to get rid of new instances of HIV if it avoids complacency within the struggle in opposition to the virus, in response to a charity.
A brand new technique by HIV Scotland is aiming to achieve zero new transmissions by 2030.
The nation was the primary a part of the UK to make the drug PrEP accessible on the NHS.
It’s taken by people who find themselves HIV-negative and has been proven to scale back the danger of an infection by about 86%.
HIV Scotland says PrEP and different advances imply Scotland is now at a degree the place new HIV transmission is preventable.
However it says for that to occur extra work is required on tackling the stigma and discrimination round HIV – together with higher schooling and new medical remedies.
Talking on the launch of the technique later, Nathan Sparling, chief govt of HIV Scotland, will say: “Because of PrEP and different medical advances we are actually at a degree the place each new HIV transmission in Scotland is preventable.
“Nevertheless, as a charity, as a sector, and as a rustic, we should not be complacent in regards to the progress we have now made.
“Attending to zero will not be inevitable, and we can not view it as such.”
On the launch of ZEROHIV, Mr Sparling will hail the good strides which have been made lately.
He’ll add: “This strategic plan is the inspiration on which we are able to construct a future the place HIV transmissions are a factor of the previous, a future the place nobody finds themselves in hospital due to a missed alternative for testing, a future the place no one residing with HIV has to stay in worry of the insidious, misinformed stigma that probably lies round each nook.
“We will beat this. We’ll beat this.”
It’s estimated there are presently greater than 5,000 individuals residing in Scotland with HIV.
In 2017, there have been 368 new instances – the very best in three years however there’s optimism this may be diminished considerably.