Category Archives: The Crescent general

HYPE – Group for 16-25 year olds

Hi all.

Another new service from the Crescent for young people – HYPE!

Follow us on twitter @hypecsg or email hype@thecrescent.org.uk for more details. A group for and by people aged 16 – 25 living with or affected by HIV, meet friends and socialise, get support and advice too, keep watching this blog for more details coming very soon, first event will be on 20th June from 2.30 at the Crescent in St Albans.

Looking forward to seeing you there

The Crescent Team

Leave a comment

Filed under Latest News, The Crescent general

Instant Result and Home Sampling Testing Service

See here for details of our instant result and postal home sampling HIV testing services – another free service from the Crescent. Email testing@thecrescent.org.uk or see http://www.thecrescent.org.uk/index.php/testing/appointments/ for more details or make an appointment.

CB1185-The-Crescent-Home-Testing-Poster-FOR-PRESS2-(low) (2)CB1185-The-Crescent-Home-Testing-Poster-FOR-PRESS-(low) (2)

Leave a comment

Filed under Latest News, The Crescent general, Useful Documents

HIV Home Testing Kits

Dear all,

Yesterday we were on the Roberto Perrone show on BBC3Counties radio talking about why we feel the home testing kits now on sale may not be suitable for all when testing for HIV. We feel without appropriate support this could potentially have serious consequences for some due. Listen again on the following link, we are on from 2hrs 19 mins http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02p67ls

Thanks as ever for your support, hope to see you on our open day on 06 June, all welcome !!

The Crescent Team

Leave a comment

Filed under Latest News, The Crescent general

Free Event Open Day 06 June 2015 2 to 6PM with Live Music

Dear all,

Our open day this year will be 06 June 2015 from 2 to 6pm. Living with or affected by HIV, want to know more about HIV or just enjoy good company and live music? all welcome!! A great free event with live music from local bands and solo artists, lots of cake, sandwiches, wine, beer, tea, coffee, did we mention homemade cake? There will be lots of that…. and very nice it will be too we promise! Come along meet staff volunteers and some of our service members, we look forward to seeing you there…

CB1234 The Crescent Open Day 2015 A5 leaflet V1

Leave a comment

Filed under Fundraisers, Latest News, The Crescent general

Testing Article in the Herts Advertiser

Dear all,

Another article in the Herts Advertiser about HIV testing and diagnosis rates, see here for more http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/st_albans_charity_urges_more_people_to_test_for_hiv_1_3988780

Also in the Watford Observer letters page last week talking about the chronic late diagnosis rates that affect west Herts…

Despite asking Herts County Council for funding for testing services for at least the last three years, they have refused to act… We introduced a postal testing service last year that the county council are still thinking about, and that the National Aids Trust recommend… Public Health Minister Jane Ellison announced that the Government is about to introduce a nationwide HIV home sampling service, just like the one we have in place already…

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said in a news article this week: “We have protected the entire £2.45 million national HIV prevention budget, and have announced the first national home sampling service which will triple the number of sampling kits available.

Article about HIV funding is here

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/03/13/hiv-charities-deeply-concerned-over-allocation-of-hiv-prevention-budget/

So it seems that although we may be a bit low on funds at times it hasn’t stopped us introducing such initiatives, imagine what we could achieve if our funding was reinstated….

Strangely, despite the prevalence rates in west Herts being the highest, and the late diagnosis rates also being the same, way above national average, the County Council’s preferred HIV testing service have introduced a 2 hour testing service on a Saturday.. on the opposite side of the County, in Ware, where both rates are much lower… Whilst we welcome any attempts to encourage people to test regularly for HIV surely this would be better held in high prevalence areas, where late diagnosis rates are some 25% above the national average? just a thought…

Thanks for your support as ever

The Crescent Team

Leave a comment

Filed under Latest News, The Crescent general

Crescent Sunday and Tuesday Lunch Events

Dear all,

Here is our Sunday Lunch calendar for 2015. Click Here For Dates >>

Living with or affected by HIV, all are welcome, bring a friend or two if you like, just let us know so we can cater for numbers ! Held at our centre in St Albans these are always very popular.If you cannot make the Sunday events remember we have a lunch every Tuesday from 12.30 too, again all are welcome! The Crescent Team

Leave a comment

Filed under Latest News, The Crescent general

Our Trustee Rachel Gets Press Coverage In the Daily Mail and Sun Newspapers

Dear all,

More coverage this week in both the Daily Mail and The Sun Newspapers with our Trustee the lovely Rachel talking about life with HIV.

Links below, please feel free to share !

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2979005/Three-HIV-positive-women-share-incredible-stories-living-disease-no-longer-death-sentence.html

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/health/health/6352785/Were-happy-and-healthy-women-despite-having-HIV.html?CMP=spklr-153174873-Editorial-TWITTER-TheSunNewspaper-20150303-Real%20life

Don’t forget if you are concerned about HIV you can get advice from the Crescent, plus a free home sampling HIV testing kit, just email testing@thecrescent.org.uk call 01727 842532 or call in to our drop in anytime to collect a kit.

Thanks for your support as ever

The Crescent Team

“Living with HIV? Call in to our drop in any day, or join us for lunch on a Tuesday from 12.30 each week, or for our Sunday Lunch which we hold once a month, next on 12th April, then 03 May and 07 June, more details on our website http://www.thecrescent.org.uk

Leave a comment

Filed under Latest News, The Crescent general, Useful Documents