Mes­sages of sup­port pour in for comic Scott

Fun­ny­man over­whelmed by sup­port af­ter re­veal­ing he has HIV

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Mes­sages of sup­port have poured in for Ruther­glen comic Scott Agnew af­ter he re­vealed he was suf­fer­ing from HIV in last week’s Reformer.

The fun­ny­man, who is cur­rently per­form­ing at the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val, found out the news last year, and is cur­rently tak­ing one pill a day for treat­ment.

Af­ter shar­ing the story on his Face­book page, friends and fans have com­mended him for speak­ing about his con­di­tion.

And in a heart­felt Face­book mes­sage, he said: “Well, you get some days that change your life, I don’t know if this was one of them. A par­tic­u­lar day in the past cer­tainly was.

“If I’d known just how great and lovely ev­ery­one would be as they have been to­day I’d have been less afraid.

“I can’t even be­gin to thank and re­spond to ev­ery­one who has got in touch and sent mes­sages. You have no idea how much it means.

“At some of the dark times com­ing back to do the Fringe was all that kept me go­ing.

“Re­views and sell outs and what­ever else is lovely, but the real prize is the peo­ple and their sto­ries and re­al­is­ing how im­por­tant peo­ple and words and sto­ries are. “Thank you for all your words and sto­ries.” Among those to pay trib­ute was for­mer leader of Glas­gow City Coun­cil Steven Pur­cell who said: “One of the most de­cent men I know.”

And well-known comic Janey God­ley wrote: “I love you more than words can ex­press, al­ways have al­ways will my beau­ti­ful boy.”

Many com­mended Scott for bat­tling the stigma at­tached to HIV. One per­son wrote: “All power to you, Scott, you’ve done an amaz­ing thing for your­self but also for oth­ers in Scot­land liv­ing with or af­fected by HIV. What a to­tal star. Much love and thanks, proud to know you.”

And Ruther­glen busi­ness­man Malcolm Macaskill said: “You’ll be sur­prised the amount of peo­ple out there that care for you Scott.

“Peo­ple you might have pre­vi­ously re­garded as just ac­quain­tances care deeply for your well­be­ing. It per­haps just takes tough times for them to demon­strate it.

“You’re sur­rounded with enor­mous love and sup­port.”

Scott, who has re­ceived sup­port from the Ter­rance Hig­gins Trust since his di­ag­no­sis, is cur­rently per­form­ing I’ve Snapped My Banjo String, We Need To Talk, at the Gilded Bal­loon in Ed­in­burgh un­til Au­gust 29.

Sup­port Scott re­vealed in last week’s Reformer he is suf­fer­ing from HIV

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