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What’s on at LASS this month?


Here’s what’s coming up at LASS in March, you’re more than welcome to attend free training and sessions we’re holding throughout the month, please call (0116 2559995) or email us (links are named below) for more information or to arrange your attendance.

We look forward to seeing you!


  • Date: Wednesday 6th March
  • Time: 10:00 – 14:00
  • Venue: 101 Gwendolen Road
  • What’s Needed?
  • Sexual Health Awareness Assistants – giving out information
  • Contact Rachael for more information


  • Date: Tuesday 12th March
  • Time: 18:00 – 20:30
  • Venue: Leicester Univeristy
  • What’s Needed?
  • Sexual Health Awareness Assistant to support activities
  • Contact Celia for more information


  • Date: Wednesday 13th March
  • Time: 15:00 – 18:30
  • Venue: Leicester Univeristy
  • What’s Needed?
  • No volunteer support needed, but do sign up if you’re interested.
  • Contact Chaz or Celia for more information


  • Date: Friday 15th March
  • Time: 10:00 – 16:00
  • Venue: LASS
  • What’s Needed?
  • No volunteer support needed, but do sign up if you’re interested.
  • Contact Rachael for more information


  • Date: Tuesday 19th March
  • Time: 14:00 – 18:00
  • Venue: Secular Hall
  • What’s Needed?
  • Awareness assistants to give out information, set up and clear away
  • Trained HIV Testers
  • Contact Denese for more information

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World AIDS Day 2011: LASS In The News – ITV1 Julie’s Real Story and Our Free Rapid HIV Testing Service!

We are pleased publish our local advert to promote HIV testing, in our office location in Leicester Town Centre, on Regent Road.

This advert speaks with 15 languages internationally.  This advert cost marginally and considerably less than the Governments 1987 “Tombstone” Advert.

Our message is clear, it is better to know your own HIV status and you can get a HIV test at LASS, and have the result within a minute!

Our team of volunteers have specialist training to provide a free and confidential test, we also have a fantastic support team to provide after-care and further information if required.  We also have established network links so we can refer to more specialist agencies all around Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland so you can be sure to get expert advice for your needs.

We also have a support group called LhivE, a group of people from Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland who are living with HIV.  Living with HIV brings a whole set of its own issues and LhivE demonstrate that people living with HIV can lead fulfilling and safe lives with choices.

We hope you like our new advert and hope that you’ll feel comfortable to contact us if you would like a free and confidential test.

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

Meanwhile, in 2009/10, national research demonstrated that community testing was effective in delivering tests to those at risk, preventing late diagnosis and thereby reducing onward transmission. As there was no such community testing service in Leicester, we set about creating one!

It is the training of our volunteers which makes the project unique as a method of engaging with specific African communities which are considered to have a high need.  As well as delivering courses to train volunteers to carry out tests among Zimbabwean and Congolese community groups, we also provide a safe and confidential place for people to receive a test.

Our volunteers have created a 50-second advert promoting the value of knowing your HIV status in 15 languages.

We have delivered more than 400 tests, more than half of which are to the BME communities in the region.  While the first phase of the project involved delivering tests only from our building, funding has ensured  we can use our van to take testing to more venues across Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland.

We were delighted to be highly commended by the Charity Awards, the UK charity sector’s most prestigious awards scheme earlier this year, after being short-listed in the Healthcare & Medical Research category.   This means we have been judged to be of the best 32 Charities in the whole country. Our sincere thanks go to all our service users, volunteers, staff and people in partner organisations who are the real reason we have achieved such a magnificent accolade. Community based HIV testing and our advertisement for this service were the basis of for our application.


The Health Protection Agency (HPA) predicts that unless more focus is given to HIV prevention and routine testing, more people could become infected.

It is 30 years since the first case of HIV was formally diagnosed, and since then there have been several major breakthroughs in medical treatment resulting in longer life expectancy for those infected by the virus.

But some medical experts now believe because of the success of anti viral drugs in prolonging the lives of carriers, it has led to complacency.

HPA figures show that in the last three decades 115,000 people have been diagnosed with HIV in the UK alone, with 27,000 people having gone on to develop full-blown Aids – and 20,000 of those having since died.

We need a complete and wholesome approach to treating HIV and most importantly help prevent its spread – Dr Rupert Whitaker, a long-standing HIV survivor

But what is worrying the medical profession and campaign pressure groups is that, despite all the medical advances over the last three decades, the number of HIV cases in the UK is expected to rise next year to 100,000 and some of those cases will be people who do not yet realise they have been infected by the virus.

Dr Valerie Delpech, Head of HIV surveillance at the HPA, believes widespread testing is urgently needed to help get new cases diagnosed.

“It is so crucial when treating someone who is HIV positive as quickly as possible. That way their lives can be prolonged considerably,” she said.

“Provided someone is tested within the early stages of infection, so they have only had HIV for a short time, and they receive effective medication followed up by effective therapy, then their life expectancy is very good.

“In fact we can safely say HIV is no longer a life threatening illness but a chronic life long condition which if treated correctly can mean people can live to their normal life expectancy.”

LASS are registered for JustTextGiving which enables supporters to make donations of up to £10 by text message.

It’s easy to donate to LASS, and it takes no time at all, simply text: “LASS25 £10″ to 70070.  (You can change the amount of your donation to: £1, £2, £3, £4 or £5 if you prefer) and you’ll receive a text message receipt, and the chance to add Gift Aid by text or in web form.  More details are available from this link.

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Fancy a Curry? – Join Us For Social Evening At The Cuisine Of India Restaurant

Syed Rahman, who runs the Cuisine Of India restaurant is hoping to raise £100,000 for local charity by hosting Curry Nights.  In the last three years he’s managed to raise a whopping £20,000 for charities such as Save The Children, Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, The Laura Centre, Loros and many more.

Last year, LASS enjoyed a social evening of delicious food with friends and raised around £500 which assist our causes, namely, Foodbank, The David Manley Fund and Winnie’s Fund for Children.

The money is raised by special events held at Cuisine of India where groups of people pay £16 each for a meal and half the money from each night is donated charity.

Other benefactors include the Motor Neurone Disease Association and thousands of pounds have gone to Children with Cancer, Rainbow’s Children’s Hospice and Breast Cancer Care.

This year, we’re delighted to invite you again to another Curry Night held at the restaurant located at Kelmarsh Avenue, Wigston and if you would like to join us, please call on 0116 2559995 for tickets.

We know from experience that tickets sell quickly, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  Full menu and testimonials are available at Cuisine Of India’s website.

We hope to see you there – 7:30pm on  Monday, 21st November.

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Get a HIV Test & Sexual Health Screening / Information at the Summer Sundae This Weekend

All of us at LASS are excited about attending the Summer Sundae which is being held in De Montfort Hall Gardens this weekend.

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Summer Sundae Weekender is a festival of 7,000 people set in Leicester’s De Montfort Hall and Gardens from 12th to 14th August 2011. Now in its eleventh year, the event has grown from a modest one – day affair headlined by Morcheeba and Lambchop into an award- winning three-day festival with camping. The event is often lauded for managing to keep the intimate, relaxed feel which launched its success. Having played host to Patti Smith, David Byrne, Amy Winehouse, Elbow and Belle and Sebastian among countless others Summer Sundae is also praised for having an eclectic line-up which last year ranged from Seasick Steve to Tinchy Stryder and from Eliza Doolittle to Mumford and Sons.

Along with other non-profit organisations, and local business LASS will be there, rocking to the music and partying hard with a team of volunteers ready with some essential Summer Sundae Weekender items this year; Rapid HIV testing; HIV & safer sex information; safer sex packs; and more!  We’re sharing a marquee with Chlamydia Screening project so you can get all your sexual health questions answered in one place.  We also have a great new game for you to play – Sperm & Ladders and new “Love Sex Hate STIs” tees to buy.

Come and see us in The Garden, we hope to see you there!

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Today is World Hepatitis Day & Find Out What LASS is Doing To Help

Following the World Health Assembly in May 2010, it was agreed that World Hepatitis Day would be recognised annually on 28 July.

World Hepatitis Day is an annual event which provides international focus for patient groups and people living with hepatitis.  It is an opportunity where interested groups can raise awareness and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.

Since its inception back in 2008 thousands of events have taken place around the world, generating massive public and media interest.  The World Hepatitis Alliance has also received support from governments worldwide, high-profile Non-Governmental Organisations and supranational bodies, such as Médecins Sans Frontières.

LASS would like to invite you to an open day, to help identify the needs of individuals in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland living with Hepatitis or who are co-infected with HIV and Hepatitis.

We envision a support group where individuals can collaborate and share knowledge with the aim to manage the condition in a supportive environment.  Suggestions so far include telephone support, full access to Hepatitis reference materials and one on one home visits (provided we can secure appropriate funding).  

We’re meeting in Loughborough, on Wednesday 3rd August in the afternoon, if you like to come along, please contact Michael on 0116 2559995 or email him directly and we’ll be happy to send you more information.

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LASS Football Team

Our football team is holding another fun training session on Sunday 19th June.  It runs from 2pm to 3pm at St Margarets Pasture, St Margarets Way, Leicester and all are welcome, irrespective of ability.

You’ll need trainers or astro boots and whatever clothing you feel comfortable playing in.   Please arrive by 1.45, so that we can be ready to start promptly at 2.00

There may be a small charge to cover the cost of hiring the pitch, and that will depend on how many turn up on the day.   Please let Gareth know if you’ll be able to attend.

Spectators are also welcome, we hope to see you there.

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Canon Gideon Byamugisha Conference on 18th March

On Friday 18th March 2011, Canon Gideon Byamugisha is coming to Leicester.

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 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.

When Canon Gideon visits, he will share his experiences about HIV and to help us create a HIV friendly community and society – where we can reduce stigma related to HIV, be open about the need to get tested, promote condom use to reduce transmission of HIV and create supportive communities, including our faith communities.

The day will include workshops to look at different aspects of HIV and stigma, to challenge the barriers common to HIV and to determine actions to help us create a more HIV friendly and AIDS

competent society to defend and protect life against the virus.

Workshop Topics will include:

· HIV Stigma and faith: messaging, communication and programming

· Stigma and HIV testing

· Stigma reduction in condom use

· HIV Myths

· Does an HIV +ve status mean bad behaviour?

· Workshop leaders will facilitate discussion and ideas for actions to reduce stigma


The Manna Resource Centre

18A Halford Street



Time: 10am – 4pm, with lunch provided

To reserve your place at this event please download an application form (below) and email this to sylvia@lass.org.uk

Canon Gideon event Application form.pdf

Canon Gideon Byamugisha Conference Invitation.pdf

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