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New research reveals HIV prejudice and misconception is still an issue in Scotland
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In a debate for our political programme, Around The House, MPs acknowledged that society is 'playing catch-up' where dementia is concerned.
They agreed that improving care for people with dementia, and their carers, is a top priority.
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It is hoped that 'Operation Burdock' will disrupt the market of the psychoactive substances and deter people from dealing them and selling them online.
Children in Cumbria will be taking part in a new Lottery funded scheme to help them deal with stress.
It seems that the age group from 10 to 14 is particularly prone to depression and other mental health issues.
Cumbria is one of just 12 places that have been chosen to get half a million pounds of lottery money to tackle the problem.
The scheme will start next year.
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A Collie called Clint is making a huge difference to the lives of dementia sufferers in parts of Cumbria.
Bellcare's canine carer helps reduce stress and anxiety and the effect has been so great, the care company is now looking for an additional dementia dog recruit to train up.
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The parents of Danica Maxwell, who died aged 15 from cancer, have set up a trust in her memory.
A man with HIV from Dumfriesshire says he's treated like a leper when people learn he has the virus.
Michael Hebington contracted HIV almost thirty years ago and has suffered prejudice and abuse.
He's now calling for a change in public attitude towards the disease.
World Aids Day is coming up, and a recent report suggests worrying gaps in knowledge about the virus in Scotland.
Fiona McIlwraith reports:
As World AIDS Day approaches on 1 December campaigners and charities are urging for more people to learn about the virus.
Waverley Care, a charity which supports people with HIV, found that there are worrying gaps in the knowledge of most people about how the virus is spread.
The study found that in South Scotland almost 20% of people thought that HIV could be spread through kissing.
The most common misconceptions are that the virus can be spread through:
- Being bitten
- Contact with unbroken, healthy skin
- Being sneezed on
- Sharing bath, towels and cutlery
- Using the same toilets and swimming pools
- Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
- Contact with animals or insects such as mosquitoes
A lack of general HIV knowledge was also highlighted throughout Scotland with national figures showing nearly a quarter (23%) of adults are unaware that a person who is HIV positive can live for more than 20 years.
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A man from Langholm who has been living with HIV for 30 years says more needs to be done to educate people about the condition.
Michael Hebington contracted HIV whilst living in New York in 1984.
He has been ill as a result of the virus for a long time and has seen many friends die from AIDS.
He told ITV about just some of the prejudice he's faced as a result of people not understanding how HIV is spread:
– Michael Hebington
"I used to take my mother to the day centre five days a week, in the car, and after a couple of years I remember going in one ... going to the door one day and the person that runs it came to the door and she says Michael do you mind just dropping your mother off at the door and picking her up and the door when you come to get her? And I says no I says what's going on I'm her carer. She says oh there's been a complaint and says I hope it's not what I think it is, and he says it is Michael, someone saw you near the kitchen and said you were a health risk."
Michael Hebington has been living with HIV for 30 years.
He contracted the virus when he was living in New York in 1984 and three decades on he is able to manage the condition well.
But he says people are still ignorant about his condition and treat him like a lepar.
As World Aids Day approaches on 1 December he says attitudes need to change and is urging people to try and better understand how HIV is transmitted and how people can live with it.