Pupils at Lochgilphead High School were exceptionally fortunate to welcome Katrina Mitchell from Waverley Care into school to provide HIV awareness sessions on December 1st, World Aids Day.
Katrina is a very experienced trainer and facilitator who has been involved in developing materials relating to Sexual Health and Awareness that are used across Argyll and Bute. Her presentations and workshops are tailored to suit individual schools. This work is fully funded and supported by NHS Highland.
In Scotland last year there were 354 new diagnoses of HIV; almost one every day. The total number of people living with the virus in Scotland is now around 6000. It is estimated that one third of those are undiagnosed. Waverley Care provides HIV support, prevention, testing and information services across Argyll & Bute. It is crucial that our young people are made aware of the facts surrounding HIV and given knowledge and information that will enable them to stay safe now and in the future.
Pupils in S1 to S4 attended awareness raising assemblies and pupils in S5 and S6 attended workshops in smaller groups. They responded extremely well to the sessions and the feedback from staff and pupils was overwhelmingly positive.