See here for details of our instant result and postal home sampling HIV testing services – another free service from the Crescent. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or see http://www.thecrescent.org.uk/index.php/testing/appointments/ for more details or make an appointment.
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
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…
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
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
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
Below is a press release from the National Aids Trust asking Hertfordshire County Council to tackle the chronically high levels of late diagnosis in the County. Some areas have rates of over 25% above the national average, with the majority of these being in the west of the County.
We feel this is proof that the current countywide service is concentrating far too much effort in the East and North and not enough in the West. Figures published by Public Health England show that late diagnosis rates in Three Rivers, 67% Watford 52% St Albans 53% Dacorum 60% whereas North Herts is just 35%…
We really feel it is time Herts County Council and the Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group reinstated funding for our testing service that they decommissioned 4 years ago. Please feel free to write/email/tweet your County Councillor and MP asking that this be made a priority!
See a copy of the press release below..
Click Here Hertfordshire – Late Diagnosis rates above national average
Don’t forget if you think you may have been exposed to HIV or haven’t ever tested then you can do so using one of our postal testing kits. The service is entirely free and confidential, you can test at home or at our premises, collect a kit from us or ask for one to be posted to you. the results will be delivered to us after you have posted your sample. Please see our website http://www.thecrescent.org.uk or email email@example.com for more details.
Thanks for your support as ever
The Crescent team