Handling the stigma: Supporting pupils living with HIV

Children and young people living with HIV still face stigma. How can we change attitudes and create HIV-friendly schools? Emily Hamblin advises

When Lloyd Russell Moyle recently hosted an event in Parliament to highlight how schools can support pupils living with or affected by HIV, he was the perfect person for the job.

Mr Moyle is the first ever MP to disclose his HIV status in the chamber of the House of Commons, and only the second MP to live openly with HIV.

He knows better than most about the stigma that surrounds the condition and why guidance for schools, such as that published by CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association) and the National Children’s Bureau (Conway, 2022) to mark the event, is still vital in challenging attitudes.

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