Kezia Dugdale meets young campaigners living with HIV for Speaker Tour

  • Young campaigners living with HIV are touring the UK to tell their stories
  • Kezia pledges support to It Ain’t Over campaign after meeting inspiring campaigners

There is nothing more powerful than hearing the life experiences of people affected by HIV & AIDS to motivate you to take action. That’s why this week, Kezia backed Youth Stop AIDS’ It Ain’t Over campaign after having the chance to hear the inspiring stories of young campaigners living with HIV.

The campaigners are touring Scotland as part of a nationwide Speaker Tour organised by Youth Stop AIDS – a month long journey around the UK, where stories of triumph over adversity inspire people to take action on the global HIV & AIDS epidemic.

The  local Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee Youth Stop AIDS societies are three of nine lucky hosts for this year’s tour, which attracted over 700 people last year. The speakers visiting Scotland include:

  • Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo (Congo/UK): British-Congolese Beauty Queen fighting HIV from Africa to the UK
  • Jimmy Isaacs (UK): Former Ray Ban employee faced reduced pay because he was HIV positive
  • Krishen Samuel (South Africa): Fashion blogger championing LGBTI rights

Young campaigners will also be hitting the streets of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee with a giant postcard for people to sign in support of its campaign to promote the global fight against HIV & AIDS, called It Ain’t Over. The postcard will be sent to the Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel.

After stopping off by Kezia’s office, the Member of Scottish Parliament pledged her support to the campaign.

Kezia Dugdale MSP, said:

“We have made great strides in improving the lives of people with HIV and AIDS in the UK, but we cannot allow for that success to turn to complacency.

“While there is still stigma and a lack of access to appropriate medicine either here or abroad I will continue to highlight the need for change.

“That’s why I am supporting the ‘It Ain’t Over’ campaign which is doing really important work in awareness raising and informing people around the country of the need to take action on the global HIV & AIDS epidemic.”

James Cole, Youth Stop AIDS National Coordinator, said:

“We can beat AIDS, but It Ain’t Over. AIDS is now the second largest killer of young people in the world – in 2000 it wasn’t even in the top ten. We hope that hearing about the experiences of young people living with HIV directly at tours like this, will inspire more people to join our fight. Sign our petition!’”

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