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Save the Children Scotland: HIV/AIDS

Identifier: GD1-12

Scope and Contents

AIDS information pack produced by Save the Children 1987; AIDS press cuttings 1986-1988; AIDS guidelines and conference articles 1986-1987; AIDS articles 1986-1987; newsletters and conference information 1986-1988; Scottish AIDS Monitor 1983-1987


  • Creation: 1983-1988

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open to public access.

Biographical / Historical

HIV was first identified in Edinburgh in 1984, and spread rapidly, mainly as a result of needle-sharing excacerbated by punitive police and government policy against drug users. By 1989 over 1000 HIV infected drug users had been identified in Edinburgh out of a total of 1700 in Scotland, representing three to four times the worst infection rate measured in England. The epidemic was detected within two years and, as a result, an opportunity arose to develop HIV services prior to the development of HIV-related ill-health/AIDS. A range of local National Health Service, municipal and voluntary institutions and organisations rapidly became involved. These papers were collected by staff at the Edinburgh office of Save the Children Scotland.


10 folders: papers


Chronological within record class

Other Finding Aids

Manual item-level descriptive list available

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Joyce Spenser, Save the Children, May 1997


No further accessions are expected

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Repository Details

Part of the Lothian Health Services Archive Repository

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