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Stand Tall Get Snapped Project – at the Brighton Dome Monday 24/02 to 08/03

Hi all,

The fantastic Stand Tall Get Snapped has reached Brighton and will be running at the Brighton Dome from this Monday (24th February) until Saturday 08 March in conjunction with the Sussex Beacon.

As you may recall if you have been following us for some time, the exhibition of 30 different people living with HIV features Crescent members. We have been part of the project since launch in December 2012 at the Reading Rooms in Soho and has been to Manchester and Glasgow most recently.

More details of the event can be found here;

http://brightondome.org/event/4908/stand_tall_get_snapped/#.UwcvhZtJI3U.email

More about the fascinating and educational project itself here;

http://www.edlondonphotography.co.uk/stand-tall-get-snapped-trailer

and here;

http://sosogay.co.uk/2012/the-positive-project-fighting-hiv-prejudice-through-photography/

Entry is free so do go along to see this great project combating stigma

The Crescent Team

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Fundraising Concert At St Saviours Church St Albans 06 December 2013 at 19.30

Hi all,

Another event for your diaries, following the success of last year we have another concert at St Saviours Church St Albans AL1 4DF on 06 December from 7.30pm.

Tickets £12 (£10 concessions) now available from the Crescent on 01727 842532 or info@thecrescent.org.uk. Alternatively you can purchase on the door if you prefer.

It will be an evening of light classical and popular music from the Hertfordshire Chamber Ensemble again as last year. All the participants have donated their time free of charge, (as has St Saviours with the venue) to help Save the Crescent.

Hope you can come along to support us, every penny raised goes to helping those affected by HIV in Hertfordshire and beyond.

For more details see the poster below, (huge thanks as ever to Clive Batkin for the design work and his constant support, and to C9Creative for printing for free and at short notice too!) look forward to seeing you there !

Thanks for your support as ever,

The Crescent Team

Click here for a poster ! 2013 Concert CSG

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Home Testing versus Home Sampling

Home testing ? Something that needs discussion we think;

Much has been featured in the news lately about the prospect of legalised home testing for HIV. Some charities have heralded this as a step forward, and a good thing. However we beg to differ.

It seems unclear why this is considered an improvement on home sampling (where a kit is used by an individual at home, sample sent to a lab and then the result is relayed by a clinic or health provider) This method provides a direct link to care and support in the event of a reactive (possibly positive) test result.

With home testing the individual will receive their result instantly there and then, perhaps on their own, or perhaps worse still with people who are not supportive.

Imagine yourself in that scenareo for a moment. Your result has shown you are likely to be positive, what next? Denial? Ignore the result, dont get it confirmed by a full test at a clinic as you should, carry on as normal, possibly with less care, now you know you are possibly positive why would you take care?

Or would you sink into depression? abandon everything? or tell everyone before it is even confirmed? then what? those you thought of as friends are not as supportive as you would have hoped? People have been hounded out of homes, schools, work, in the past for revealing their status… what effect on family and friends? What about possible criminal charges for transmission?

Think you life is over? reach for the vodka and painkillers? Dramatic? maybe, but has happened on a number of occasions, too many in fact. In the news this week a story surfaced about an Australian nurse who on receiving a diagnosis said; “I tried to attempt suicide on a number of occasions because I couldn’t live with the fact that I could have infected someone I loved,”

With the stigma that still surrounds HIV home testing is not a good idea, there are plenty of ways to be tested, not all involve needles or a trip to a hospital. In fact some services are in very pleasant confidential surroundings, not the, perhaps percieved, colder clinical settings.

Those who defend the idea say that there will be information included in the kits to signpost people to help and support.. really, at 2am when you finally plucked up the courage to take the test are you really going to think, oh its ok i can call someone? Some people, usually the most vulnerable, need help deciding to test, need support during, and directly afterwards.

What they don’t need is a test result staring them in the face with noone present to pick up the pieces. There needs to be more thought and more consultation, and definitely more work eradicating stigma and prejudice before this can become a suitable alternative to current testing options.

Those agencies supporting this move might be want to direct their energy towards continuing with home sampling and other testing methods, awareness work and stigma reduction. Unfortunately it appears there may be some financial incentives at work here too, we should also ask who is set to gain the most from such an initiative, and then we may realise why it is being pushed so hard from certain quarters.

A quick survey of people accessing services this week has revealed that not one thought this a good idea, most suggesting they would not have used it, some saying it would have discouraged them from testing at all. Another asked if eventually the idea would be when requesting a test anywhere they would be given a kit, and then told to go home to do it? Most thought that people would only use it when “Dutch Courage” was evident, then who would govern whether it was carried out appropriately, or provide support, or perhaps stop self harm if a reactive result was the outcome.

And what if, after all that, the result was a false result? The home testing kits have, apparently, a 1 in 12 false negative and 1 in 5000 false positive rate, not really acceptable when other methods are far more accurate, certainly without the false negative rate publicised in the Guardian this week . It’s too much far too soon, in an ideal world, workable, but we live in a far from perfect society…

Please do write to the Minister Anne Soubry if you share our concerns, we feel this needs more scrutiny, if not there is a very real risk people will be harmed as a result.

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Christmas In July Saturday 27th July from 7.30 PM at The Load of Hay Watford

Hi all,

Just to let you know our next fund raiser will be our annual event in conjunction with the Load of Hay Pinner Road Watford this Saturday 27th July from 7.30 onwards.

All welcome there will be a raffle and the usual frivolities!! All aiming to raise funds for us to keep helping those in need!

Hope to see you there,

You can find out more about the Load of Hay here https://www.facebook.com/#!/theloadofhay

Thanks again for your ongoing support,

The Crescent Team

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West Herts Drivetime Today at 5.30 pm

Hi All,

Tune into 92.6fm today to hear our wonderful patron Cj de Mooi talking about our fundraiser tomorrow at Homewood Road Church St Albans at 7.30 and why he is supporting the savethecrescent campaign.

Look forward to seeing you there tomorrow if you can make it,

Thanks for your support as ever,

The Crescent Team

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Quiz Night Approaches !

Hi all,

Link to the herts Advertiser article here;

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/quiz_night_set_to_boost_st_albans_hiv_centre_the_crescent_1_2169245

Hope to see some of you there, tickets selling fast be sure to call early for yours !

Thanks for your continued support,

The Crescent Team

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Quiz Night 24th May – Article In the Herts Advertiser Today

Hi all,

Article talking about Eggheads and our forthcoming quiz which is being hosted and organised by our wonderful Patron CJ de Mooi the former Egghead star and all round good guy!

Please see here for the article;

Newspaper Article HA 250413

looking forward to seeing many of you on the night, more details of the quiz here;

The Crescent Quiz Night Poster 240513

Thank you for your continued support,

The Crescent Team

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