HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is today officially launching ‘Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland’, with offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.

The launch follows the finalisation of a merger with PHACE Scotland, Scotland’s leading HIV and sexual health charity and a successful bid to provide services in the Highlands.

THT Scotland’s offices will cover Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Argyll, Ayrshire Arran, Lanarkshire, Grampian and Highland regions.

Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland promises to protect and enhance the much-needed HIV and sexual health services for local people.

PHACE Scotland staff, volunteers and service users are enthusiastic about the merger and have been involved in a consultation period, during which any concerns have been addressed.

Susan MacDonald, who was previously chief executive at PHACE Scotland has taken up the role of National Director for Scotland at Terrence Higgins Trust.

Ms MacDonald said “I’m delighted that the merger with Terrence Higgins Trust is finalised. We’re excited about the opportunities provided by being part of a larger organisation.

“As well as strengthening our existing services, we’ll have an increased ability to lobby at Holyrood and Westminster and we’ll be expanding the team by recruiting for a Scottish policy and public affairs officer this week.”