East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson is urging local residents to show support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day on Monday 1st December.
Around 100,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK including 1,400 in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.
Commenting, Jo said:
“Even with great scientific advances, it is troubling to see the high numbers of people with HIV in the UK and especially worrying that a quarter of those people are unaware they have the virus.
“For people living with HIV in the UK one of the biggest challenges is still the stigma, which is often the result of ignorance about the virus. This stigma can be life-threatening as it stops some people from taking a HIV test.
“So this World AIDS Day, I am encouraging local people to become better informed about HIV, its causes and its treatment. By visiting hivaware.org.uk you can learn about the simple facts and statistics as well as read about the campaign to raise awareness of HIV in the UK.”