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National HIV Manifesto & Leicester Halve It Pledge

Join us in challenging local candidates to pledge their support for people living with and affected by hiv. The general election is a crucial opportunity to raise the profile of HIV; please add your voice to our campaign.

We have come a long way since the 1980s. While stigma and discrimination remain, HIV is now a long term condition and individuals are living with HIV into old age. HIV affects individuals of all ages with 95% of people living with HIV of working age. HIV treatment in the UK is excellent, but not everyone living with HIV is doing well. The number of people diagnosed with HIV each year remains high and far too many people are diagnosed late.  Services which help people living with HIV manage their condition are facing continued funding cuts.

We have come so far. We cannot stop now.

WE ARE CALLING ON THE NEXT GOVERNMENT TO:

  1. Commit to tackling the stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV.
  2. Fully fund HIV and sexual health services to meet the needs of local communities.
  3. Recognise the importance of prevention to a sustainable health and social care system by increasing investment in public health services.
  4. Equip schools with the resources they need to ensure that high-quality, age-appropriate, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT)-inclusive sex and relationships education is taught to all young people in all schools.
  5. Make PrEP available to all individuals at risk of HIV in the UK.
  6. Develop a fair benefits system that meets the needs of people living with HIV whether in or out of work.
  7. Ensure that the health and social care system is equipped to meet the needs of a population ageing with HIV.

TAKE ACTION NOW

It’s time to pile on the pressure; will your local candidates stand with people affected by HIV? There are some easy ways you can help put HIV on the agenda in this election.  Click here to write to your local candidates, asking them to support our manifesto.

Leicester

Tom Robson holding the Halve It Pledge which Leicester City council and Leicester City MPs signed in 2015.

Late HIV diagnosis in Leicester is 13.8% higher than average in England and Leicester has the 6th highest rate of late diagnosis of HIV in the country.  As a city with these statistics, we are responsible for doing everything we can to ensure these late diagnoses come down and to ensure that people know their HIV status.

In 2015 and as part of the ‘Halve It pledge’, Leicester City Council together with local MPs; Liz Kendall, Jon Ashworth and Keith Vaz united with LASS, Trade and other voluntary sector partners to sign the ‘Halve It pledge’.  The national pledge commits Leicestershire to halve late HIV diagnoses by 2020.

Here you can see, our local MP’s together with our council have actually penned their names to the Halve It Pledge, we hope with your support they will remember to put HIV back on the agenda.

#HIVMANIFESTO

You can Tweet the manifesto to spread the word about our demands – use the hashtag #HIVmanifesto. You can also take a photo of yourself holding our HIV pledge. Download here.

Take it offline: meet with your candidates face-to-face to discuss the points in the manifesto. Go to any local hustings events to do the same, ask questions to see how committed they are to the HIV manifesto. Take a look at this toolkit with details and tips on what questions to ask.

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TRADE Sexual Health – 160 People Tested at Leicester Pride 2012

Trade Sexual Health is a HIV & AIDS prevention charity based in Leicester for people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

They provide free and confidential advice and support to anyone who identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, men who has sex with men or women who has sex with women.

The city of Leicester has the fastest-rising HIV rate in the east Midlands and the sixth-highest in the country.

Leicester GU accompanied Trade on site providing HIV tests for the community alongside other activities.  LASS would like to say a big thank you, and congratulate Leicester GU with Trade for achieving 160 Kwik Prick, Rapid HIV Tests for the community.  Here’s an update on their day, from Trade:

Breaking Record! 160 People Tested at Leicester Pride 2012

Now at the forefront of sexual health, Trade Sexual Health joined forces once again with Leicester GUM Clinic to provide the Trade Health & Wellbeing Marquee at Leicester Pride 2012!

Our nationally recognised Trade GU clinic at Leicester Pride tested a record 160 people. All 160 had a full sexual health screening beating last year’s 136. With infection rates increasing, and undiagnosed HIV on the rise, this was a fantastic achievement, Thank you to the 160 people who tested.

Pride goers took part in fitness classes, had health checks, accessed information, booked in for a free massage and visited a host of other health and wellbeing stands in the Marquee. As usual Trade brought along a load of resources and goodies and we launched our new health campaign raising awareness of STIs. The willy sweets promoting this campaign seemed to attract a lot of attention.

We managed to give out roughly 3,000 free condoms to those present on the day.

Thank you to everyone who came along; to Leicester Pride, Leicester GU, sponsors, all the volunteers, staff and our committed Board of Trustees, for a fantastic day.
We are confident that we will build on this success and provide an even bigger and better Trade Marquee next year.

Tradesexualhealth.com

If that wans’t enough Gay Pride for you, we were there too! – Click this to find out more.

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