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The Crescent is Podcasting on Radio Verulam with Rob Pearman on Local Life

Hi all,

Last month Rob Pearman interviewed our Project Manager, Iain Murtagh for his weekly programme, Local Life, on Radio Verulam.

A podcast of the interview is now available, just click here http://www.radioverulam.com/podcast-list/ and then scroll down to select the file for the Crescent to listen to the entire interview about the Crescent, our history and services plus why Iain got involved with the Crescent over 25 years ago.

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

 

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Listen to us on BBC Radio today

Hi all,

We were on BBC radio today talking about the increase in HIV diagnosis rates in the over 50’s To listen to us again click here BBC H & W  (we are on from 1.08.59)

You can also read about this issue in an article featuring the Crescent in the Daily Mail click here Daily Mail 270917

More to follow shortly, 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:

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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More coverage in the Daily Mail, St Albans Review, Hertfordshire Mercury and more..

Hi all,

Here are some links to the latest articles featuring the Crescent and our member Rachel in the local and national press following the appearance in the Sunday People and ITV’s This Morning programme.

More to come as we have requests for interviews from news teams across the UK and as far away as Australia too.. Keep watching this space for more news coverage..

Hertfordshire Mercury articles here

http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/News/Hertfordshire-HIV-charity-The-Crescent-in-fundraising-battle-20140322101350.htm

http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/Health/Hertfordshire-woman-with-HIV-who-appeared-on-This-Morning-speaks-about-the-condition-20140321095713.htm

St Albans Review article here

http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/11075903.Woman_who_thought_only_Africans_could_get_HIV_blames__lack_of_education_/

Daily Mail article here

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2582282/The-terrible-legacy-one-mothers-search-mid-life-love-Newly-single-39-Rachel-went-online-dating-What-happened-terrify-woman-tempted-same.html

Keep watching there is more to come..

Thanks for your support as ever

The Crescent Team

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Listen again to Rachel Dilley on Radio Verulam Today with Iain from The Crescent

Hi all,

If you missed today’s broadcast you can listen again to Rachel Dilly and Iain Murtagh from the Crescent talking about life with HIV and the Crescent on the drivetimes show with Danny Smith on Radio Verulam here http://listenagain.radioverulam.com/node/9627

We are on from 40 mins and 20 seconds into the broadcast, keep watching this space ! See this weekend’s Sunday Mail magazine, Femail, for more coverage of Rachel and The Crescent and also the St Albans Review shortly too.

Thanks as ever for your support,

The Crescent Team

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BBC 3 Counties Radio Breakfast Show 24/01/2013

Dear all,

Here is a link to the BBC 3 Counties radio breakfast show interviews this morning http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0134rvl

Click on listen again, then we are on each news bulletin plus at the following points,

first on at 22.25 mins featuring interview soundbites to 25.16 mins,

then more soundbites and interview with Head of Operations Iain Murtagh from 1Hr 14mins, 42secs to 1hr 25mins 17 seconds.

After that an interview with a service member in the studio from 2hrs 29 mins 22 seconds,

More radio coverage to come shortly, keep watching this space!

Thanks for your support, it is very much appreciated

The Crescent Team

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