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BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire – Annie Othen Show

Hi All

Rachel appeared on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire this morning talking about HIV and her story, you can listen again on iplayer, Rachel was on from 11.12 ish about an hour and fifteen into today’s show when available on their listen again.

Link to BBC Cov and Warks listen again here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7cm/broadcasts/2014/04

Select the 10th April show and Rachel will be on from around 1 hr 12 mins in from the start.

Thanks for your support as ever,

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



St Albans Review article here


Daily Mail article here


Keep watching there is more to come..

Thanks for your support as ever

The Crescent Team

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National HIV testing Week – are some missing the point altogether?

Firstly may we say that we fully support every effort to get more people tested for HIV and welcome new approaches despite no longer having any funding to do so ourselves after 25 years.

However today we listened in absolute horror to the following local radio broadcast, featuring Hertfordshire County Council’s authorised HIV service, Herts Aid, this week as they conducted an HIV test on air. It contained a number of statements and information, which could, at best, be considered questionable.


For example partway through the test the Herts Aid rep, Tony Skeate, MSM Communities worker, is heard to say that HIV is no longer a problem “just take your tablets and get on with life”… not exactly a sentiment held by Tom Hayes (AKA UKPositiveLad) in this interview with the Guardian where he talks about the difficulties HIV presents following his diagnosis, and not just for him of course.


Other issues include identifying transgender as a third sex, as in the opening sequence are you male, female or transgender? Surely it is more appropriate to ask how the person defines their gender identity?

Then asking someone who has previously just identified as a woman if they are a man who has sex with men?

At various points information is confusing and misleading it seems, phrases like sperm washing are used, and in Vitro, with no explanation as to why, or what these are? Also says that having children is no problem, and even talks about a Swiss study using phraseology that would not necessarily be understood by the person in the street so to speak.

Living with HIV and having children is of course very possible, however anyone who has undergone any kind of fertility treatment would not be likely to say it is easy by any stretch, let alone whilst living with HIV as well.

Also suggests that families are always supportive when diagnosed, that the test requires a thimbleful of blood… not true, just a drop is all that is needed. It also appears that Herts Aid seek to promote a particular life insurance company as a “good place to go” and “they are efficient”

Alarming comments about it “not being like the 80’s when people just “topple over and die” after a diagnosis and that HIV is now “not really a problem”

Also referring to “if we can find all the people with HIV”, seems to some who have complained to us, like a witch hunt is in progress.

At the end of the test although had explained the window period appeared to discourage a second test with a comment “if you feel you need a second test” and also encouraged the participant to take a photo of the test result.

Lastly from a clinical point of view the Herts Aid staff member then appeared to clean the finger of the person to be tested with a sterilised swab, and then proceeded to blow on it to dry it afterwards, completely negating the point of using the swab in the first place.

Overall the opinion of those who have heard this broadcast is that they would not consider using the service for a test, and were more confused about what HIV was, and what it meant to be positive, than before.

All round this means that the it’s ok to get tested message is lost, in our opinion, and has seemingly missed the point of the exercise. This agency has half a million pounds of funding. Is this really the best we can expect from Hertfordshire County Council and their HIV support service?

So many agencies around the country are working hard to ensure the word gets out, that stigma is reduced and that people come forward to be tested. This agency seem to be doing their best to do the reverse.

Appalling !

We hope you will agree…

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Quiz Night Approaches !

Hi all,

Link to the herts Advertiser article here;


Hope to see some of you there, tickets selling fast be sure to call early for yours !

Thanks for your continued support,

The Crescent Team

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Ladies Lunch at the Crescent 11 May 2013 from 12.00 to 2pm

Dear all,

Another event coming up shortly will be the Ladies lunch at the Crescent on Saturday 11 May at 12.00. This is a chance for ladies to get together in a safe environment share experiences, and support oneanother, whilst enjoying a nice lunch. So if you are a lady living with HIV, or supporting someone who is, and would like to come along please do let us know. You can email on info@thecrescent.org.uk, or call us on 01727 842532 for more details.

There will also be a chance for Crescent members to attend the annual Spring Basket event at Homewood road church hall at 2.30 that afternoon too. This is an event where Crescent members can get a selection of donated clothing, toys and household goods for free. This event is organised by the Diocese HIV Support Group in conjunction with the Crescent, and other HIV support agencies in Herts and Beds.

Please do contact us if you have any questions about this or any of the other events coming up soon. Don’t forget also we have a fundraising quiz night on 22 May too. More details on our website http://www.thecrescent.org.uk.

Thanks for your support

The Crescent Team

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A Huge Thank You !

Dear all,

Thank you to all who came to our benefit concert Friday evening and made the event such a success. Thanks also to those generous people who made donations even though they couldn’t attend, and to those who have made donations since. Great to have so much support, raise awareness of HIV in the community, and also raise much needed funds for the Crescent.

Again thank you to the local residents and friends who organised and funded the event, also to St Saviours for the wonderful venue. Thanks also to the Hertfordshire Chamber Ensemble for their fantastic performance, and to our Patrons CJ de Mooi and James Wharton for their help with making the evening such a great one. There are more events to follow, please keep watching this space.

Thanks as ever for your continuing support.

The Crescent Team.

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Benefit Concert Programme 22nd Feb 2013

Hi all,

Thanks for all the enquiries about the evening, please see the programme below for details of the benefit concert on 22nd Feb at St Saviours, Sandpit Lane from 8pm. Hope to see you all there, thanks to all those who have worked so hard to make this happen for us and donated everything, absolutely outstanding generosity!

More to come, keep watching this space !

Thank again,

The Crescent Team

CB1008 The Crescent Charity Concert Programme FOR WEB

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