Tag Archives: Stigma

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

Click here for poster >>>>

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Latest News, The Crescent general, Uncategorized

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

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Latest News, The Crescent general, Uncategorized

Stephen Fry Tweets about our exhibition at St Albans Cathedral !!

Dear all,

Amazing ! Stephen Fry tweeted about our exhibition at St Albans Cathedral on World Aids Day ! We thank the lovely Mr Fry for drawing the attention of his followers to our exhibition and the issue of HIV stigma.

We are immensely pleased to receive such assistance and recognition! here is a link to the tweet….

Thanks as ever for your support

The Crescent team

Leave a comment

Filed under Fundraisers, Latest News, The Crescent general

Fantastic reviews for our Stand Tall Exhibition at St Albans Cathedral

Hi All

We have had some great reviews for the exhibition of the Stand Tall Get Snapped Exhibition at St Albans Cathedral which has been running throughout National HIV Testing week and World Aids Day week, closing today at 15.45hrs.

We will share some of the visitors comments with you shortly as they are recorded in a visitors book, the Cathedral have commented that it is the best exhibition that they have seen in many years! It has been so thrilling to be able to exhibit the project in such an atmospheric place , and under the rose window unveiled by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1989, another great champion of people living with HIV

A link to the Herts Advertiser article is below http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/living_with_hiv_a_photographer_s_view_on_display_at_st_albans_cathedral_1_3864608

Huge thanks to all at St Albans Cathedral especially Richard Watson, to Edo Zollo the talented photographer, to all who participated in the project especially the Crescent members Chris and Rachel.

More news follows shortly, we finish our World Aids Day events with a busking day tomorrow at the Clock Tower in St Albans along with a stall in the main street market and collections throughout the city.

We hope you will come along to join us, as well as great music there is also a raffle for a huge range of prizes including a 40″ Toshiba LED TV…

Thanks for your support as ever

The Crescent Team

Leave a comment

Filed under Fundraisers, Latest News, The Crescent general

Link to our BBC TV Appearance today on BBC Look East/West

Hi all,

Here is a link to the BBC East/West TV news appearance by our member Blessing talking about HIV and Testing

http://www.bbc.co.uk/…/epi…/b04pv0pm/look-east-west-28112014

We are on from 3mins 59 seconds

Listen out for us on BBC3 Counties this Sunday (30th) on the “Shrink Wrapped” programme from 1pm too

Thanks again for your ongoing support

The Crescent Team

Leave a comment

Filed under Latest News, The Crescent general

BBC 3CR Interview with Edo Zollo Talking about Stand Tall Get Snapped Project

Hi all,

Yesterday we were delighted to be on the Nick Coffer show on BBC 3 Counties radio talking about HIV and the exhibition of the Stand Tall Get Snapped Project at St Albans Cathedral which opened yesterday for two weeks until 05 December. The exhibition is to mark the start of National HIV Testing Week and of course World Aids Day on 01 December.

You can listen again to the interview here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02bqzrh we are on from 1hr 16min 52sec

Thanks as ever for your support, we will be on BBC 3Counties again Sunday Lunchtime with our member Blessing telling more about her story, and also why it is important to know your status

More about the exhibition here https://www.stalbanscathedral.org/whatson/exhibitions/stand-tall-exhibition

The Crescent Team

Leave a comment

Filed under Fundraisers, Latest News, The Crescent general

Stand Tall Get Snapped Project Exhibition

Hi all,

The Stand Tall Get Snapped Project is now open at St Albans Cathedral from 10am to 15.45 Monday to Saturday and 13.00 to 17.00 Sundays, more details here https://www.stalbanscathedral.org/whatson/exhibitions/stand-tall-exhibition The exhibition will run from 24Th November to 05 December inclusive.

We will also have a cabin in the Christmas Market for World Aids Day Monday 01 December where you can find out more about The Crescent, pick up condoms, ribbons and home HIV sampling testing kits, plus get a ticket for our WAD2014 raffle with some fab prizes including a 40″ flat screen TV!!

Following the exhibition there will be another busking event which will take place on Saturday 06 December, along with a market stall where you can buy raffle tickets, get more info on the Crescent and our services, plus of course be entertained by some really great local acts. This was a very popular event last time, and again this year there will be food and drink kindly donated by the lovely staff at The Boot Inn, who have also provided the marquee too!

We hope to see you at one of the events, or perhaps all !

Thanks for your continued support

The Crescent Team

Leave a comment

Filed under Donate, Fundraisers, How to Comment, Latest News, The Crescent general