Our latest SX Chat event, HIV, Past, Present, and Future brought together a variety of people to talk about their relationship with, and different experiences of, HIV.

These experiences ranged from taking PrEP, living with HIV for over 25 years and being diagnosed as HIV positive within the last 2 years.

The contributors spoke openly and honestly about HIV, experiences of accessing PrEP, experiences of stigma, the development of U=U and the future of HIV. These events are extremely important as they empower men to bring their lived experiences to the centre of the conversation about the future of our community.

Central to this discussion was the advancements in HIV treatments which have led to PrEP and U=U. These developments have enabled our community to talk more openly about the sex they have, as well as allowing men to take control of their health and wellbeing.

During the event keys issues were raised, such as the stigmatisation of those living with HIV from within our own community, as well as the stigma they experience when engaging with health care services. We as a community need to talk about the sex we have and enjoy. We spoke about the need to openly say that sex should be pleasurable not shameful and sex should be celebrated not shunned.

As a community we must talk about the inequalities that impact our health and wellbeing. We should highlight the importance of learning from our peers and the experiences of others.

Thank you to our panel for sharing their experiences, and CC Blooms for providing the venue. 

If you have any questions about this event, or would like to learn more living with HIV/PrEP contact us: info@s-x.scot