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Testing Article in the Herts Advertiser

Dear all,

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

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/03/13/hiv-charities-deeply-concerned-over-allocation-of-hiv-prevention-budget/

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

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National Aids Trust Press Release on Late Diagnosis in Hertfordshire

Hi all,

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 testing@thecrescent.org.uk for more details.

Thanks for your support as ever

The Crescent team

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BBC Bans Graham Norton Wearing Red Ribbon For World Aids Day

Dear all,

Newspaper reports today suggest that the entertainer and presenter Graham Norton was banned by the BBC from wearing a red ribbon on his TV show last week (29th November), even though all his guests were able to do so.

If this an accurate representation of the facts then shame on you BBC. The hardest part of dealing with the HIV epidemic is making the issue visible to the wider public. The red ribbon not only highlights awareness of HIV and those living with it, but also reminds us of all those we have lost to the condition. It has been a symbol that has been internationally recognised since 1991.

It is a symbol of hope and remembrance, and for the BBC to ban the wearing of the ribbon by people presenting their programmes is beyond belief.

An explanation of how the red ribbon came to be the symbol for HIV awareness and support can be found on the National Aids Trust Site, a link is below;

http://www.worldaidsday.org/the-red-ribbon.php

Links to some of the articles today are below;

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/10505255/Graham-Norton-rapped-by-BBC-bosses-for-wearing-Aids-ribbon-on-his-show.html?fb

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25317116

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/dec/10/graham-norton-bbc-aids-ribbon-jeremy-clarkson

This sends completely the wrong message and it is high time the BBC realised that this is not an acceptable response. Such action undermines the progress made by all HIV support and education services in overcoming stigma and raising awareness.

Moreover, is an insult to those living with the condition, and to the memory of those lost as a result of it.

Good on you Mr Norton for refusing to be told not to wear the ribbon on your show, we salute you!

Time to think again BBC.

The Crescent Team

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Herts Aid Watford Closure – The Crescent lends a helping hand…

For all those affected by the, hopefully short term, closure of Herts Aid offices in Watford the Crescent is of course able to provide assistance should you need it as we will be open in Russell Avenue St Albans every day.

Anyone in need of help or advice, who wishes to do so locally, can visit our centre in St Albans, phone us on 01727842532 / 07904812500 or reach us on info@thecrescent.org.uk you will always be welcome, details of some of our events can be found on our website http://www.thecrescent.org.uk

Following reports in the local press concerning the number of people living with HIV in the area last week we would like to reiterate that it is our intention to remain open, despite funding cuts by Herts County Council who stopped all our funding in 2011.

We are only able to do so though with the support and generosity of the general public. It is our 25th year supporting those living with HIV (we were founded on the first World Aids Day in 1988) and we intend to remain doing so until such time as a cure is found.

If you can help us either by making a donation, or other way (such as volunteering)then please do visit our website, http://www.thecrescent.org.uk, or contact us on the details listed above.

The Crescent Team

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BBC3 Counties Broadcasts Yesterday 18/09 Breakfast Show

Hi all,

Link to yesterday’s coverage below of the save the crescent story on BBC3 Counties Radio, including interviews with service users and John Sessions, from 6.45 am, (42mins 29 secs ) plus coverage at every news bulletin on the half hour and hour, (from 1hr 30 mins 10 secs) all the way to midday, and an interview with the Crescent Manager just before 8 am (at 1hr 54 mins and 50 seconds).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00xrn89

More to come, keep watching..thanks for staying with us, we won’t give up…

Best wishes

The Crescent Team

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Pink News Article Out Today

Dear all,

Another article in the Pink News today, you can read this here http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/09/03/hertfordshire-hiv-charity-faces-imminent-closure-due-to-council-funding-axe/

More to come, including a major exposé.. keep watching this space…

Thanks for your ongoing support, very much appreciated,

Best wishes

The Crescent Team

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My Watford News Article July 2012

Hi All,

Another article featuring a service member interviewed about the Crescent and what they think of the withdrawal of funding on page 48 of My Watford News July 2012. You can read the article here http://tinyurl.com/d5u8v64 

Hertfordshire County Council maintain they cannot afford to fund two services, yet they are spending almost as much as they did before they went to one service, so this makes no sense. They are probably only saving 30k a year, to say they cannot afford to fund the Crescent is nonsense. All that needs to happen is for funding to be split as before, we can make savings, and if the other agency can’t, or won’t, then who is wasting money for the tax payer?

The Crescent Team

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