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Job Vacancy: Women’s HIV Awareness Assistant (Temporary until March 2014)


Leicestershire AIDS Support Services are seeking to recruit a part time (7 hours per week) Women’s HIV Awareness Assistant on a part time, fixed term basis from 27th January 2014 until 31st March 2014.

The hourly rate of pay is £7.14 per hour.

Working with different women’s groups, you will be responsible for providing information about HIV and assist in the delivery of awareness raising sessions.  Further information is available in the Job Description and Person Specification. (Click to download).

The ideal candidate will have a good general standard of education with good levels of literacy and numeracy alongside good verbal communication skills.

  • Closing date: Friday, 10th January 2014 (at 12:00 noon).
  • Interviews Monday 13th and/or Tuesday 14th January, 2014.
  • Start Date: Monday, 27th January 2014.

For further information, please download the application pack below which includes the Job Description, and Person Specification.  You may need a pdf reader to view these documents, you may download a free copy of Adobe Reader X from here.

(If you have any difficulty in downloading these documents, please email: tom@lass.org.uk and we’ll send you them by email).

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Merry Christmas (and our opening times over Christmas & New Year).

A heartfelt, “Merry Christmas” and a Happy New Year to all of our service users, clients, volunteers and partners from all at Leicestershire AIDS Support Services.

Our opening times over the Christmas/New Year seasonal period.

  •  24/12/13 (Tuesday) Open until 15:30.
  • 25/12/13 (Wednesday) Closed – Bank Holiday Christmas Day
  • 26/12/13 (Thursday) Closed – Bank Holiday Boxing Day
  • 27/12/13 (Friday) Closed
  • 28/12/13 (Saturday) Closed (Weekend)
  • 29/12/13 (Sunday) Closed (Weekend)
  • 30/12/13 (Monday) Open as usual
  • 31/12/13 (Tuesday) Open as usual
  • 01/01/14 (Wednesday) Closed Bank Holiday New Year’s Day
  • 02/01/14 (Thursday) Open as usual
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After last year’s successful National HIV Testing Week, it’s now established as a permanent part of the HIV prevention calendar.

New figures show there are over 1000 people living within Leicester and Leicestershire (757 city residents and 251 from Leicestershire)

Dr Fu-Meng Khaw, centre director for Public Health England in the East Midlands, said:

“People who are unaware of their infection are likely to be those most at risk of transmitting HIV to others.  “Earlier diagnosis will help reduce new HIV infections across the UK.”

Jenny Hand, chief executive of Leicestershire AIDS Support Services, said:

“The big message we need to get out is that people need to know their status.  Getting a test is the one thing they can do right now to help stop the spread of HIV.”

We are working with Public Health England to extend the number of testing opportunities over the week.  One of the aims is increase the uptake of testing in the different African communities in Leicester.

The figures are only an indication of how many people are affected by HIV.”

Mike Sandys, Leicestershire County Council‘s acting director of public health, said:

“This is a good initiative. We need to encourage people to test because, in the vast majority of cases, HIV is passed on by someone who doesn’t yet know they have the virus.  Modern drug treatments drive down the level of virus in the body, often to an undetectable level.

This means someone with HIV who has tested positive and is on treatment is far less likely to pass on the virus than who someone who does not yet know they have it. So if everyone is tested, we could start to see new infections fall among our communities.”

Ms Hand also said:

“We hope the national week will help to really convince people they should know their status.  The test is a finger prick for blood and the results take 60 seconds.

HIV is now considered a long-term condition and not a terminal illness.  The biggest issue is still around stigma and discrimination.”

Rapid HIV testing is available at LASS, (53 Regent Road, Leicester, LE1 6YF) and at other locations this week.

Not content to offer JUST A HIV Test, why not pop in today for a a general check up? – We’re offering a free testing for Diabetes, Blood Pressure, BMI, Blood Glucose and of course, a Rapid HIV Test.

We’re also on hand to provide information and advice on a range of subjects including tuberculosis, HIV awareness and Sexual health.

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