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We’ve gone and done it, WE’RE ON INSTAGRAM NOW!

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Things change, you change, we change, funding for HIV services change but despite some of the difficulties in the sector, we seem to be connected better than ever before thanks in part to Social Media.

We’d like to introduce to you, our new Instagram account: LASSLeics. You’ll find pictures of events, of our resources and general nice things to look at, not all necessarily HIV related but you can be sure to be visually treated.

As a recap, we wanted to ensure you know where we are online so you can use whatever service you use to follow and keep in touch with us.

Website

This will always be http://www.lass.org.uk.  Our site features information on HIV testing (which can be free) and you get your result straight away! It also states what our services are, policies and contact information.  We’re actually updating our site so stay tuned for more updates.

Blog

http://blog.lass.org.uk. (What you’re reading now).  Here we share what’s new both at LASS, Well for Living and we curate some of the most interesting stories relating to HIV in the world.  Our blog is updated frequently, to keep up to date you might want to subscribe or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/lassleics.  We realise that blogs aren’t everyones cup of tea and that lots of people prefer to stay up to date on facebook which is why we link our blog posts to Facebook.  Whenever we publish a new blog post it’s automatically sent to Facebook.  It doesn’t matter if you comment on the blog or on Facebook, we’ll still see your comments.

Twitter

https://twitter.com/LASSleics Like facebook, Twitter will tweet each article as we publish it.  Unlike Facebook we get involved in conversations and tweet or retweet news and information which may be of interest, not only on HIV but for sex and sex education and health related information.  Why not follow us and join in the conversation?

Instagram (new)

Instagram  (https://www.instagram.com/lassleics) is our newest social media profile and it’s run by our support worker Rhoda Thomas.  We’re short on followers at the moment and we hope you’ll visit and interact with us over there, just as you do on our other platforms.

Feel free to connect to us on any platform, if we don’t follow you already, just send us a message and we’ll gladly connect.  It’s good to talk and it’s nice to see you online!

Thanks for reading, let us know what you think in the comments below, or you can find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for more!

TWB  FBB

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Free Training: HIV in the Spotlight: TV and Film

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  • When: Wednesday 14th October 2015: 5:30-8pm

  • Where: The Michael Wood Centre (LE1 6YF MAP)

  • Light refreshments will be available from 5-6pm

HIV is portrayed in many different ways in the news, TV soaps, documentaries and on film.  We will look at the different portrayals and discuss the different information, perspectives, and messages they provide to the viewing audience.

Since HIV first emerged, it’s never really been out of the news.  It is still one of the most pressing health challenges we face in our world.  In the early days, little was known about the virus. There was a great deal of fear about how it was spread and many people died from HIV-related illnesses.  That’s a legacy which AIDS has left behind and in part, fuels ignorance, stigma and prejudice today.

Today, treatment has revolutionised what it means to live with HIV.  Having HIV is no longer a death sentence and if someone is diagnosed early and is treated, they will not go on to develop AIDS.  Instead, they can live a long life, work, exercise, even have children if they choose.

Despite rapid advances in treatment, social attitudes are changing much more slowly. Evidence shows public knowledge of HIV in the UK is declining and there is a worrying lack of understanding about HIV.

The media play an important role in communicating to the public what exactly it means to live with HIV today.  Understanding the advances in knowledge and treatment around HIV is vital to portraying and reporting accurately about HIV.  An accurate view will provide benefits in public health, dispells myths, undermines prejudice, increase understanding and make for a better story line if adopted correctly.  The media should contribute realistically in the way that HIV is addressed around the world.

We know that an accurate depiction of HIV has always been – and still is – a challenge. HIV and its ramifications are complex to portray withinh scrips, fiction and the news.  This session will be of benefit to anyone who is interested in film, HIV or an interesting social discussion.

CALL US: 0116 2559995 or email: training@lass.org.uk to reserve your space!

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