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The Crescent is NOT Happy With Herts County Council !

Dear all,

Our latest article in the Herts Advertiser about postal testing services, available elsewhere in the country and being trialled in Birmingham and Luton amongst just two places. We have been appealing to the County Council for two years or more to introduce this, and /or fund our testing services. As there was no sign of any action from the County Council we introduced this ourselves (without funding) a year ago. We could no longer stand by whilst the late diagnosis problem exists (and grows in Hertfordshire) and those responsible for addressing the issue continue to sit on their hands.

We fail to understand why the County’s preferred supplier of services, Herts Aid, (who have ten times our income by the way) have not also introduced this kind of postal service as an alternative method of testing.

Public Health England is asking local authorities to introduce as many different methods for testing as possible, with an emphasis on more local community based testing services and postal testing too.

Herts County Council have made a good deal of noise recently about their commitment to “HalveIT” the national campaign to reduce late diagnosis of HIV, (something they until recently denied was an issue in Herts). However they still fail to put anything in place, or fund services like ours that are well established in the community and are based in the areas most affected (St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Watford and Rickmansworth for example)

It seems to us to be yet another example of the County Council saying the right thing, but again dragging their heels, perhaps hoping the focus will move on whilst they deliberate and then plans will be quietly shelved.

We deserve better than this as a County, it is after all the “County of Opportunity” apparently. However if you want to test for HIV, protect your health, and that of others, your opportunities are somewhat limited.

Come on Herts County Council, put your money where your mouth is ! Hertfordshire residents deserve so much better, the tests cost very little and certainly not as much as was apparently provided to an agency to “improve their brand image ” recently, (with seemingly little result).

Time to divert some funds to resolve a real health issue instead !

Link to the Herts Advertiser article here

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/st_albans_hiv_charity_offers_revolutionary_at_home_test_1_4175358

Please do feel free to contact your County Councillor, your MP, The Director of Public Health, Jim McManus, or the Cabinet member for Localism and Health, Teresa Heritage to insist on a fair deal for Hertfordshire residents!

The Crescent Team

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St Albans Review Interviews Rachel today about her appearance on “ITV’s This Morning”

Hi All,

More coverage of our Rachel in the St Albans Review today talking about her life with HIV and her appearance on national TV yesterday.

http://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/11075903.Woman_who_thought_only_Africans_could_get_HIV_blames__lack_of_education_/?ref=var_0

Keep watching this space for more coverage and other info coming soon,

Thanks for your support as ever

The Crescent Team

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Stand Tall Get Snapped Project – at the Brighton Dome Monday 24/02 to 08/03

Hi all,

The fantastic Stand Tall Get Snapped has reached Brighton and will be running at the Brighton Dome from this Monday (24th February) until Saturday 08 March in conjunction with the Sussex Beacon.

As you may recall if you have been following us for some time, the exhibition of 30 different people living with HIV features Crescent members. We have been part of the project since launch in December 2012 at the Reading Rooms in Soho and has been to Manchester and Glasgow most recently.

More details of the event can be found here;

http://brightondome.org/event/4908/stand_tall_get_snapped/#.UwcvhZtJI3U.email

More about the fascinating and educational project itself here;

http://www.edlondonphotography.co.uk/stand-tall-get-snapped-trailer

and here;

http://sosogay.co.uk/2012/the-positive-project-fighting-hiv-prejudice-through-photography/

Entry is free so do go along to see this great project combating stigma

The Crescent Team

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BBC3Counties Radio JVS Show Friday 16 August

Hi All,

You can listen again to the radio interview on the call in programme the JVS show with Lisa Power (THT) and DR Richard Ma, with our Iain Murtagh taking calls from the general public, and discussing the ban on HIV positive people working in certain areas of the medical profession.

You can listen again for the next 4 days here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01d3w6n we are on from just after the 10am news, just over an hour into the programme.

Will be appearing on more news broadcasts soon, keep watching this space for more on this coming shortly.

Thanks as ever for your support

The Crescent Team

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Another great way to help The Crescent

Hi All,

Another great way to help us while you shop !

We have just registered The Crescent Support Group on givingabit.com.

Come and join us & you can create donations for us at no extra cost to you just by shopping online. givingabit is partnered with hundreds of your favourite shops, so please sign up today at http://www.givingabit.com.

If we’re all givingabit, everyone wins.

Kind regards,

The Crescent team

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West Herts Drivetime Today at 5.30 pm

Hi All,

Tune into 92.6fm today to hear our wonderful patron Cj de Mooi talking about our fundraiser tomorrow at Homewood Road Church St Albans at 7.30 and why he is supporting the savethecrescent campaign.

Look forward to seeing you there tomorrow if you can make it,

Thanks for your support as ever,

The Crescent Team

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St Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church Mission Allocation Presentation

We were so pleased to attend the Abbey yesterday for the presentations, Good to see so many worthy causes, including The Crescent, receiving support from the Mission Allocation.

Especially pleased to have the support of the Congregational giving team, looking forward to working closely with the Cathedral team in preparation for World Aids Day which will also be our 25th Anniversary this year.

The Crescent Team

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