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Luton World Aids Day Exhibition

Please find below details of the World Aids Day event in Luton where we will be holding an exhibition of a selection of the photos from the Stand Tall Get Snapped Project.

The event will run from 5pm to 8pm on World Aids day 01 December at the Carnival Arts Centre, 3 St Mary’s Road, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 3JA

Look forward to seeing you there if you can make it !

Keep watching this space for more updates…

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

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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:


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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Lots of Coverage for National HIV Testing Week

We were very pleased to be invited to talk on two radio programmes last week.

Firstly we got to talk to the lovely Danny Smith at Radio Verulam on his show West Herts Drivetime about HIV and Stigma in light of the recent coverage about Charlie Sheen revealing his HIV Status.

You can listen again to the show here, from 38 minutes and 22 seconds;


Then on Sunday we were talking on BBC 3 Counties radio on the programme “ShrinkWrapped”with our member Blessing talking again about Late Diagnosis, Stigma, Testing, living with HIV and Charlie Sheen.

You can listen again to the show here, from 30 minutes and 22seconds


More on our Busking Day Fundraiser on 05 December and our mini exhibition of the “Stand Tall Get Snapped Project” for World Aids Day coming up…

Thanks as ever for your support, without your kindness and generosity we couldn’t do what we do!

The Crescent Team

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Write It Out – Creative Writing Sessions at The Crescent

Hi all,

Next month sees the launch of our free creative writing sessions “Write It Out” from the 10th of November we, in conjunction with the St Albans Arts Team at St Albans City and District Council will be holding the sessions on alternate Tuesdays (after our regular Tuesday lunches) from 2pm to 4pm.

Come along, find ways to express yourself through fun with words, no special skills are needed just enthusiasm and a willingness to participate. Friends and family are also welcome so come along to find out more!

Dates and more details are here Write It Out The Crescent Invitation 2015

We look forward to seeing you on the first event on Tuesday 10th November, if you are coming for lunch first (from 12.30) please let us know so we can be sure to provide sufficient food!

The Crescent Team


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Huge thanks to Chloe James Lifestyle

We must thank Chloe James Lifestyle for a wonderful fashion show event last week. They raised over £1000 for us again, huge thanks to all that attended, modelled and / or bought a raffle ticket.

A special thank you to Donna and her team at Chloe James Lifestyle for their continued support and all the hard work that went into making last Wednesday a huge success.

If you haven’t yet visited their lovely wonky Tudor shop at 12 the High Street St Albans then you really are missing out. It is the perfect place to get that something special, and with Christmas coming up it is the ideal location to find that gift you have been searching for! Take a look at their website http://chloejameslifestyle.co.uk/ too, the shop is crammed to the rafters with lovely things!

Thanks again Chloe James and all those super St Albans people, from all of us here.

The Crescent Team

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The Crescent on BBC 3 Counties with Jim McManus DPH at Herts County Council

Dear all,

We were on BBC 3 counties Friday afternoon with the Director of Public Health at Herts County Council talking about HIV testing, why the County Council wont fund the Crescent and also why Herts Aid don’t provide the service either, despite a huge amount of funding.

You can listen again here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02x6f74 we are on from 2hrs 20 mins the Roberto Perone Show 31st July on BBC 3 Counties Radio.

As you will hear the Director of Public Health is very reluctant to commit to anything, wouldn’t answer the presenter’s questions about why Herts Aid don’t provide the service, nor why he wont fund us. He seemed more interested in suggesting the Crescent didn’t understand the issues…

We will leave you to decide why Herts County Council refuse to fund us despite Public Health England asking for more community based testing…

The Crescent Team

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Next Event! Busking Day on Saturday15 August at the Clock Tower

Hi everyone,

Our next event will be another of our popular Busking days. It will take place on Saturday 15th August at the clock tower in St Albans from 1030 am to 4pm.

Once again a whole host of local musicians have generously donated their free time and fantastic talents to busk for us all day, help raise awareness and funds for us.

It promises to be as ever a very entertaining day and one not to be missed ! We are immensely grateful to all those who have offered to donate their time and energy to help out and of course to all those wonderfully talented people who will be performing on the day. More details of the line up in the poster below, please do come along to this free event, we are sure you will enjoy it!

Grateful thanks to Denise Parsons for organising the musicians and to the wonderful people at The Boot St Albans for providing the Gazebo again this year!

Thanks as ever for your continued support,

The Crescent Team

Busking 08 2015

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