National HIV Testing Week & World AIDS Day 2014
Here is our day to day guide of what is happening across the South West area during National HIV Testing Week (22nd – 30th November) and World AIDS Day (Monday 1st December)
National HIV Testing Week is back! Swiftly followed by World AIDS Day on Monday 1st December; it is a great week to brush up your HIV knowledge as well as pledge to support, remember and to stay HIV aware.
The South West has a lot of events happening, showing that while we might be a lower prevalence area, we are also an area that does its bit and marks these important dates with style! Also, by having the first ever event exclusively for people from the South West living with HIV, we are a region with a dynamic approach to bringing people together.
In recent statistics; the number of people living with undiagnosed HIV are higher than originally thought. According to Public Health England’s ‘HIV in the United Kingdom – 2014 report'; launched on 18th November; that undiagnosed rates among heterosexuals was at 31% (18,200) – higher than previously thought – in 2012 PHE had estimated that 27% of heterosexuals with HIV in the UK were undiagnosed. This year PHE are using a new approach to calculating undiagnosed HIV in this population, which has indicated rates are higher than previously thought.
Among gay men with HIV, 16% (7,200) were unaware of their HIV positive status. HIV hasn’t gone away, there is still no vaccine and no cure. Knowing your status and asking your partner about theirs remains one of the best ways to prevent HIV.
For a day to day round up, there is a schedule below to help you find your nearest event and get along to support. The list will continue to grow and develop, so if you spot anything that isn’t listed here, drop us a line!
This year, The Eddystone Trust will be rolling out rapid HIV testing in all local authority areas that we work in and offer prevention services. The only way to be really sure about your HIV status is to take a test. This can be done through any GUM department or by making an appointment with us or coming along to one of our drop in sessions.
|Date:||Site name:||Who is it for?||What time?|
|Tuesday 25th November 2014||Manticore Spa, Colin Campbell Court, Union Street, PL1 1PZ||Men only||2-6pm||HIV Testing|
|Tuesday 25th November 2014||Outreach and bars, pubs and clubs in Plymouth – Various locations||Everyone||6pm –late||Outreach|
|Wednesday 26th November 2014||Outreach and bars, pubs and clubs in Plymouth – Various locations||Everyone||6pm – late||Outreach|
|Thursday 27th November 2014||11 Whimple Street, Plymouth PL1 2DH||Everyone||5.30 – 7.30pm||HIV Testing|
|Thursday 27th November 2014||Turning Point, 42 Longsmith Street, Gloucester, GL1 2DH||Everyone||5.30-7.30pm||HIV Testing|
|Friday 28th November 2014||County Hall, Exeter||All DCC staff and visitors||11.30am – 2pm||Community event|
|Friday 28th November 2014||Torbay condom run – Various locations across Torbay||Everyone||6.30pm – 9.30pm||Outreach|
|Friday 28th November 2014||Exeter Condom Run – Various locations across Exeter, organised by The Centre for sexual health, Exeter||Everyone||6.30-10pm||Outreach|
|Friday 28th November||Outreach in bars, pubs and clubs in Plymouth||everyone||evening||Outreach|
|Saturday 29th November||Gloucester Street Collection||everyone||daytime||Street collection|
|Saturday 29th November||Exeter Cathedral Service||everyone||12.30pm||Community event|
|Saturday 29th November||Taunton Street Collection||everyone||Daytime||Street collection|
|Saturday 29th November||Street Collection Green Lanes, Barnstaple||everyone||daytime||Street collection|
|Sunday 30th November||Cheltenham Street Collection||Everyone||daytime||Street collection|
|Sunday 30th November 2014||Gator Sauna, Exeter EX1 1J Exeter||Men only||12 – 4pm||HIV Testing|
|Monday 1st December||Plymouth Drake Gardens, North Hill, Plymouth||Everyone||6.30-8pm||Community event|
|Monday 1st December||Shire Hall, Westgate St, Gloucester GL1 2TH||Everyone||Everyone||Community event|
|Monday 1st December||The Swallow; Bretonside, Plymouth Pub||Everyone||8.30-9pm||Community event|
|December 1st||Taunton, apply here||People living with HIV and immediate carers||10-4pm||Community event|
|December 1st||Cheltenham Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 9SA||Everyone||daytime||Community event|
|December 1st||The Royal Pub Union Street (formerly diamond Queen) Plymouth,||Everyone||evening||Community event|
|Monday 1st December 2014||CCP, Cheltenham 340 High Street GL50 3JF||Everyone||5.30 – 7.30pm||HIV Testing|
Also, have you seen our quickies? They are aimed at gay and bisexual men and are filmed in a location near you! Please check out our quickies page to see Matt, Paul and Justin in action!
World AIDS Day – Monday 1st December
Every year, we remember those who have passed, we renew our commitment to fight for the living and create hope, compassion, understanding and community. You can show your support by ordering and pledging to wear your Red Ribbon .
If you are HIV positive, or directly care for a relative, child or partner who is HIV positive, then why not join other HIV positive people from across the South West at Positive SW 2014. It is the regions first event exclusively for people living with HIV.
World AIDS Day is a global event; a bit like HIV really. It doesn’t discriminate – HIV is not for gay and bisexual men, Africans, drug users – it is for everyone – male, female old, young straight or gay. HIV doesn’t care who you are.