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Herts Advertiser Article on HIV

We spoke to the Herts Advertiser last week about the unfolding Hollywood HIV story.

We feel it immensely unfair that Mr Sheen has been forced to disclose his status, no-one should have to do this, and certainly not in such a public way.

The hysteria and hype leading up to this event has, we feel, set back the fight against HIV Stigma considerably. Echoing days of the 1980’s with sensational headlines and alarmist commentary does nothing to help, and forcing people to publicly disclose their status creates fear and misunderstanding.

This is immensely frustrating and damaging we feel, we spend so much time trying to undo this sort of misinformation and hysteria about HIV.We are very grateful for the chance to air our views, we wish Mr Sheen the very best and hope that this furore fades soon.

Our fear is that more sensational headlines will appear, prompting more misunderstanding, such as those in the last few days where a co-star feels they have been at risk from kissing Mr Sheen, which is ridiculous in itself.

Handled correctly this could have been a very good way to illustrate that HIV can and does affect anyone. However the way it has been handled makes it look like it only happens to those who are irresponsible and careless. This couldn’t be further from the truth, most of those affected by HIV acquired the virus from someone who didn’t know they had it, it only takes one mistake, one misjudged moment. Who amongst us can say we have never made a mistake?

Here is a link to the article:

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/st_albans_hiv_support_group_chief_slams_media_over_charlie_sheen_coverage_1_4316452

Anyone worried about HIV can get a free HIV testing kit from us by post or in person, contact testing@thecrescent.org.uk, call 01727 842532 or call in during opening hours.

Support is available throughout, it is a completely confidential and free of charge, a simple test with no big needles you can do yourself, or onsite at the Crescent.

Free condoms are available from the Crescent either in person or by post, we wont ask any questions, you can just collect these from our site in Russell Avenue during opening hours (they are on a shelf in the entrance hallway) or we can post them to you, free of charge. Email info @thecrescent.org.uk or call 01727 842532 for postal services.

Condoms will protect you from a whole range of STI infections, not just HIV, and of course help prevent unplanned or unwanted pregnancies too. Protect you and those you love, use a condom always until you are sure of each other’s sexual health.

The Crescent Team

 

 

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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

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Links To Useful Info On HIV In The UK And Worldwide

Here are a series of links to info on HIV in the UK, USA and the rest of the world.

http://www.healthline.com/health/hiv-aids/facts-statistics-infographic

http://www.nat.org.uk/default.aspx

http://www.hivaware.org.uk/

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/HIV/Pages/Symptomspg.aspx

http://www.aidsmap.com/

http://www.tht.org.uk/

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Listen to our member Blessing talking on BBC 3 Counties about HIV and her story

Hi all,

We were very fortunate to be allowed to appear on the Nesta McGregor show last night on BBC 3 Counties radio with our member, Blessing.

Blessing was very brave talking about her story, how people reacted to her diagnosis, how she felt about her daughter being diagnosed at the same time, plus how the Crescent helped her and her family cope with this.

You can listen again here, we are on from 1hr44mins and 38secs.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022bvr5

Help us keep helping those like Blessing, come along to our next Quiz night fundraiser on 08 August or visit our website http://www.thecrescent.org.uk to donate and see how you can help us further.

Thanks as ever for your support

The Crescent Team

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The Crescent Summer Newsletter

Hi all,

Please see our latest newsletter with info on all activities and forthcoming events !

Thanks as ever for your support

The Crescent Team

The Crescent Newsletter Summer 2014

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