HIV Scotland’s ambassador, Lorraine Kelly, has just launched the ticket registration for this year’s Sex, Drugs & Scotland's Health Virtual Conference which is set to take place on Tuesday 19th through till Thursday 21st October.


The conference is co-hosted by HIV Scotland and IReSH -the Interdisciplinary Research in Sexual Health network and they are calling on all of Scotland’s diverse drugs and sexual health community; encouraging academics, activists, healthcare professionals and charities to come together take part in the many presentations, workshops and roundtable sessions in order to make Scotland a healthier place.  


Lorraine enthused, “Originally set to take place in my old home town of Dundee in 2020, this conference will consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for the future of Scotland’s sexual health and wellbeing. What’s more important than the future of Scotland’s sexual health? Scotland has led the way with innovation in sexual health. The introduction of Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) - antiretroviral drugs that prevent the transmission of HIV have been available in Scotland since July 2017 and leading Scotland towards becoming HIV free.”


New to the conference programme, a series of six chaired round table sessions will provide rich discussion and insight in areas such as Migration, asylum & new entrants to Scotland, Trans health, wellbeing, and rights, Addressing race, communities of colour & sexual health in Scotland, Drug deaths, Chem sex and Intergenerational conversation on consent.


Other presentations will include insights related to the service delivery and future of HIV, Hepatitis C, Stigma and Discrimination, Human papillomavirus (HPV), Sex Education and Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) - antiretroviral drugs that prevent the transmission of HIV.


HIV Scotland CEO, Alastair Hudson said, “We have worked closely with stakeholders including: Scottish Drugs Forum, NHS Tayside, NHS Lothian, Faculty of Sexual Health and Reproductive Health (FSRH), Terence Higgins Trust, Waverley Care, University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh, Medical Research Council & Chief Scientists Office Social (MRC /CSO) Public Health Services Unit and Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau to pull together a considered, comprehensive programme of workshops, presentations and discussions.”


Lorraine Kelly sums up, “The conference is virtual, and it is free. Registrations have now opened.  Get your tickets booked and the best of luck for a great conference. Scotland deserves a future of great, healthy sex lives. Let’s make it happen for everyone!”


To register for the conference click here


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