LASS 25 Year History Final Event

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Dear Colleagues and Friends

Leicestershire AIDS Support Services (LASS) is marking the end of our Heritage Lottery funded 25 year history project with 2 workshops as we hand over our fascinating and informative archive to the Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record office for public access and safe keeping.

The workshops and handover will take place on 11th July 2013 here at LASS and repeated in Wigston.  We will also launch our mobile display which you will be able to take away with you in your pockets to share with each other.

Our guest speaker, Dr Richard Mckay will provide some insights into his research on 30 years of AIDS as context for our local history.

Dr Richard Mc Kay, Wellcome Trust Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Oxford, completed his doctorate in history at the University of Oxford where his thesis focused on the emergence & dissemination of the “Patient zero” concept. His book, provisionally entitled “Patient Zero: Public health, the Media & the Making of the North American AIDS Epidemic, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press.  His current research explores the process by which healthcare workers & other groups became increasingly concerned with the role played by men who had sex with men in the transmission of venereal disease, & focusing on the middle decades of the 20th century in Canada, US & UK.

LASS works with many partners locally, regionally and nationally in driving our messages on safe sex, HIV testing and living positively. The dynamics and demographics of HIV/AIDS have changed from the death sentence it was 25 years ago to the positive living approach that we promote as one of our services here at LASS today.

We would like you to come along to our special celebration day on 11th July 2013 here at LASS or at Wigston.  For more information, please download our flyer for your information. We value your participation, but please do register in advance as places are limited.  Light refreshments will be available.

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