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Background and Staff Survey 2013

People living with HIV are living longer healthier lives and attend a full range of NHS services not connected to their HIV status. Some patients living with HIV reported that they have experienced stigma and discrimination when attending NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health settings. In listening to the stories of their experience there was recognition that an understanding of the issue was required.

In 2013 an online survey was sent to all NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde staff. Around 4000 staff replied to the survey, and the responses revealed a varied basic knowledge of HIV transmission, and a variety of attitudes expressed towards people living with HIV.

Staff reported low levels of awareness of stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV within the health service. However, it was concerning that few staff knew:

  • A HIV diagnosis was a protected characteristic under the Equalities Act 2010
  • The greatly reduced risk of transmitting HIV when someone is responding well to treatment.

From the results of this survey the HIV +ve campaign was developed. It will be rolled out during 2015 -2106 followed by another staff survey to assess the change in staff’s knowledge and understanding. Here is the survey report and summary.