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Schools under fire for offering STD tests during lessons

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Schools have come under fire for offering children tests for sexually transmitted diseases during lessons.

Parents criticised teachers in East Sussex for not alerting them to plans to give swabs to 15 and 16-year-olds, who were left “humiliated” after being asked to test themselves in school toilets.

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove Council, which is running the scheme in nine schools, said the work was “entirely consistent with Government guidelines” which aim to reduce rates of chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Last night health officials were unable to say how widespread such schemes are.

NHS guidance published in 2012 states that under-16s should only be offered such tests without parental knowledge if children cannot be persuaded to tell their parents.

The mother of one teenage girl at Blatchington Mill in Hove criticised the initiative, and said her daughter refused to do the test, because she felt uncomfortable about it.

She said: “I didn’t know anything about it beforehand and I think the school should have let us know as parents that our children were going to be asked to do this.

“I know the tests were done by the students in the toilets but I think it is humiliating to ask teenagers in class to do a test for an STI.”

Ashley Harrold, the school’s deputy headteacher, said children were spoken to about STIs in a “personal and social education” lesson and offered the swabs.

He said: “It is an NHS strategy where, to demystify the test, they can have one to take away and try.

The school said it had received one complaint, which it took seriously.

A statement on the school’s website says: “As part of the session all learners are offered the opportunity (no one is made to do it) to do a Chlamydia test during the lesson in an effort to normalise taking a Chlamydia test.

“It is not anticipated that a great number of these will return a positive result, it is more an exercise to demonstrate how easy and painless doing one is and to reinforce in their minds how and where they can do the test should they need to in the future.”

All secondary state schools in Brighton and Hove except for one Catholic School have signed up to the initiative.

Tina Daniels, 44, from Brighton, said she was shocked when her daughter told her tests had taken place at Patcham High School.

She said: “I am all for educating our youngsters on sex education issues and for some teenagers these clinics could be beneficial. But I think it’s important for parents to be made aware that these facilities are available for their children.”

The council said the sessions were part of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme, which aims to reduce rates of the infection, which can cause infertility.

More than 200,000 people a year test positive for the infection in England, with 64 per cent of diagnoses among those under 25 years old.

Story via the Telegraph

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Rev Canon Dr Gideon B. Byamugisha in Leicester

A reminder that we are running a HIV & BELIEF SESSION this week,

– Wednesday 17th September 2014: 1.00pm – 4.00 pm at LASS (53 Regent Road, Leicester LE1 6YF)

Canon Gideon will lead this session on HIV and Belief – exploring issues about stigma, self-stigma, support for testing and condom use and reducing discrimination and prejudice.

The session will be of interest to people whose faith / belief plays an important role in their life also for those with an interest in the role that faith and belief have on people’s lives to help them cope or otherwise with a long term condition like HIV.

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Gideon Byamugisha

Opportunities to build your knowledge and understanding about HIV and other social issues from a personal perspective with Canon Gideon Byamugisha

Who is Canon Gideon Byamugisha?

Rev Canon Dr Gideon B. Byamugisha is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Uganda. In 1992, he became the first African religious leader to openly declare his HIV-positive status. He has since devoted his life to an HIV / AIDS ministry which has taken him to over 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and many other parts of the world.

Gideon is driven by a passion for the dignity and rights of all people, especially those marginalised, stigmatised and discriminated against because of their HIV positive status. He has played leading roles in the Church of Uganda’s AIDS program, the Uganda AIDS Commission, World Vision International, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, Christian AID, special conferences of the United Nations, and in founding the African…

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Michael Louttit

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It is with great regret that we inform you that former staff member, Michael Louttit who worked within our Direct Services team has passed away.

Michael was a very valued member of this organisation. He was a caring and well-respected employee. Michael will be greatly missed by us all.

If you would like information about funeral arrangements, please contact us on 0116 2559995.

Rev Canon Dr Gideon B. Byamugisha in Leicester

Gideon Byamugisha

Opportunities to build your knowledge and understanding about HIV and other social issues from a personal perspective with Canon Gideon Byamugisha

Who is Canon Gideon Byamugisha?

Rev Canon Dr Gideon B. Byamugisha is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Uganda. In 1992, he became the first African religious leader to openly declare his HIV-positive status. He has since devoted his life to an HIV / AIDS ministry which has taken him to over 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and many other parts of the world.

Gideon is driven by a passion for the dignity and rights of all people, especially those marginalised, stigmatised and discriminated against because of their HIV positive status. He has played leading roles in the Church of Uganda’s AIDS program, the Uganda AIDS Commission, World Vision International, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, Christian AID, special conferences of the United Nations, and in founding the African Network of Religious Leaders Living With or Personally Affected by HIV and AIDS.

REV CANON DR GIDEON BYAMUGISHA IN LEICESTER

Canon Gideon is in Leicester & the area supporting different LASS events from 17th September to 22nd September. Canon Gideon’s visit theme is “Love (in any language) fluently spoken heals”. “Reaching & sustaining zero new HIV infections, zero household level poverty, zero youth unemployment & zero socially sanctioned violence”

HIV & Belief Session

Wednesday 17th September 2014: 1.30pm – 4.30 pm.
Venue: LASS (53 Regent Road, Leicester LE1 6YF)
Canon Gideon will lead this session on HIV and Belief – exploring issues about stigma, self-stigma, support for testing and condom use and reducing discrimination and prejudice.

The session will be of interest to people whose faith / belief plays an important role in their life also for those with an interest in the role that faith and belief have on people’s lives to help them cope or otherwise with a long term condition like HIV.

Thursday 18th September: 4pm – 8pm:

This is an opportunity for Faith leaders and elders and community leaders to meet Canon Gideon at LASS. Come along and find out more about his ministry and the theme of this visit. Light refreshments will be available.

Friday 19th September: 10am – 3pm

Visiting LASS – for volunteers, staff & service users.
Community meetings and visits.

Saturday 20th September: Regional partner visits & meetings

Sunday 21st September – in Rugby

Monday 22nd September in Leicester for community meetings and face to face discussions.

For Further information or a training session booking form: Please contact LASS on 0116 2559995.