Lothian Labour MSP, Kezia Dugdale has called on the Scottish Government to support the campaign by HIV Scotland to end discrimination for people living with and affected by HIV wherever they face it, following a recent number of cases where people living with HIV have been refused service by licenced tattoo studios in Scotland because of their status.

This is despite the fact that standard infection control procedures negate any risk of HIV transmission through tattooing and under the Equality Act 2010, it is illegal to discriminate against anyone based on their HIV status.

Kezia Dugdale MSP has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling for an end to HIV discrimination in tattoo studios and asked the Scottish Government Public Health Minister, Joe Fitzpatrick MSP at General Questions in the Scottish Parliament today for the response to reports that some tattoo parlours are refusing services to customers who disclose their HIV status.

Commenting, Kezia Dugdale MSP said:

“HIV is still the most stigmatised health condition in Scotland and barriers to services like tattooing only perpetuate the stigma which often leads to shame, isolation and embarrassment for people living with HIV.

“Education and information are key tools to eliminating stigma, and the Scottish Government must work closely with Local Authorities to ensure no licensed premise continues to discriminate against people living with HIV.

“It’s illegal for tattoo studios to discriminate based on someone’s HIV status and standard infection controls which include single-use needles and sterilised equipment are enough to negate any risk of HIV transmission.

“I fully support HIV Scotland’s campaign to end this discrimination and to apply pressure on local authorities to revoke licences for tattooists who refuse service for anyone living with HIV.”

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Note to Editor:

Details of the motion submitted by Kezia Dugdale MSP:

Motion Number: S5M-17232
Lodged By: Kezia Dugdale
Date Lodged: 09/05/2019

Title: HIV Scotland’s Campaign to End Tattoo Discrimination

Motion Text:

That the Parliament recognises the campaign by HIV Scotland to end discrimination for people living with and affected by HIV wherever they face it; understands with concern that there have been a number of cases where people living with HIV have been refused service by licensed tattoo studios in Scotland because of their status; believes that it is a scientifically-based fact that standard infection control procedures negate any risk of HIV transmission through tattooing; understands that HIV is still the most stigmatised health condition and that barriers to services perpetuate such stigma, which often leads to shame, isolation and embarrassment for people living with the condition; considers that education and information are key tools to eliminating stigma, and commits to working with local authorities to ensure that no licensed premise continue to discriminate against people living with HIV.

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