National HIV Testing Week

 

 

1. Talk about HIV.

We want to remove the stigma and discrimination that many people before us have experienced, through open and honest conversations about HIV. We’re promoting:
·      Accessible testing opportunities
·      Living positively with HIV
·      Early diagnosis and access to treatment

We’ll be online on Grindr, Gaydar, Scruff, Squirt, Fitlads, and BBRT to talk about HIV, routes of transmission, sex and risk, and testing services every day from the start of Testing Week through to World AIDS Day, as part of our Netreach scheme.

LGBT Foundation has recently launched a new drop-in service for people to talk openly about the sex they are having or the sex they want to have. We provide information, support and advice to enhance sexual knowledge and practices.

We offer monthly Men’s Spaces for gay and bisexual men to further their knowledge of sexual health and pleasure, whilst improving their self-esteem and self-confidence.

LGBT Foundation offers a comprehensive range of health and wellbeing services for the LGBT community. We treat everyone as an individual with integrity and respect to ensure that they receive the treatment and support that best suits them. We also ensure that we keep the community updated on developments in HIV treatments through our weekly bulletin, website and social media platforms.

2. Take Action.

Prevention

The Sexual Health Team continue to deliver weekly condom and lube distribution to over 100 community access points, ensuring accessibility and visibility of the safer sex packs. We have a Greater Manchester distribution run scheduled before National HIV Testing Week, in which we’ll expand on our relationships with key venues accessed by high-risk groups. This will include distributing ‘Lets Talk About Sex’ posters, ‘It Starts With Me’ campaign materials, Rapid HIV Testing Service cards and posters and details of our drug and alcohol prevention work.

Community engagement

LGBT Foundation staff and volunteers will be attending a range of social events and spaces. We’ll be encouraging people to get tested, know their HIV status and improve their confidence to talk about HIV with partners, friends and family.

We’re  asking people to pledge their support for National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day by changing their social media profile pictures using our Twibbon. We’re also be asking people to share photos of their World AIDS Day ribbons and messages of support, using our annotatable ‘HIV support’ posters, alongside the hashtag #MCRWAD.

LGBT Foundation will be hosting 3 free community engagement events to mark National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day, focused on sharing experiences and community activism.

When?

What?

Sunday 27th November 12-3pm

 

People's History Museum
Left Bank
Spinningfields
M3 3ER

World AIDS Day Craftivism workshop

Join LGBT Foundation for a craftivism workshop to take a stance against stigma and discrimination faced by many living with HIV.

Design your own slogan and template, then screen print it on posters, t-shirts, postcards and tote bags.

All materials will be provided, just bring your thoughts and creativity.

This event is free thanks to part-funding from the Manchester World AIDS Day Partnership.

Monday 28th November 6:30-9pm

 

Number 70
70 Oxford Road, Manchester
M1 5NH

How To Survive A Plague - film screening and panel discussion

LGBT Foundation is proud to present a screening of ‘How To Survive A Plague’ is partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University’s School of Arts and Humanities.

This event is free but tickets must be booked at http://WADfilm.eventbrite.com

How to Survive A Plague is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heart-breaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.

Post-screening, staff from LGBT Foundation, George House Trust and BHA will lead a panel discussion on activism, diagnosis, treatment and how we collectively support those living with HIV.

Wednesday 30th November 6-8pm

 

LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester
M1 3HF

 

World AIDS Day Solidarity Space

Join LGBT Foundation for an informal social space for anyone affected by HIV, including friends, family members and allies.

You’ll have an opportunity to paint a tile that reflects your experiences, forming a commemorative piece of artwork for Manchester’s World AIDS Day Vigil.

These tiles pay tribute to theNAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Today the Quilt, with More than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels, is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic.

All materials will be provided, just bring your thoughts and creativity.

This event is free thanks to funding from the Manchester World AIDS Day Partnership.

3. Get tested.

LGBT Foundation will be offering Rapid HIV Testing services every day (except Sundays) between 19th and 30th November for National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day.

In total, we’ll have over 90 drop-in appointments available across 3 sites in Manchester city centre and Salford.

When?

Where?

Saturday 19th November

12-5pm Rapid HIV testing

LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

Monday 20th November

11:30-5pm Full screening service

4-8pm Rapid HIV testing

LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

Tuesday 22nd November

12-5pm Rapid HIV testing

 

12-7pm Rapid HIV testing

Langworthy Cornerstone
451 Liverpool Street, Salford M6 5QQ

 

LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

Wednesday  23rd November

2-8pm Rapid HIV testing

LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

Thursday 24th November

12-5pm Rapid HIV testing

University of Salford,
School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, Mary Seacole Building, Salford M5 4WT

Friday 25th November

12-7pm

LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

Saturday 26th November

12-7pm

LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

Monday 28th November

12-4pm Full screening

LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

Tuesday 29th November

12-5pm Rapid HIV testing

Langworthy Cornerstone
451 Liverpool Street, Salford M6 5QQ

Wednesday 30th November

2-8pm Rapid HIV testing

LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

Since May 2016 LGBT Foundation have tested over 250 people for HIV.

We want to ensure that people feel comfortable and confident when they choose and take a HIV test that best suits their needs, so we’ll be covering:
·      Testing in a community setting – LGBT Foundation
·      Testing at home – postal kits
·      Testing at a GUM clinic

We’ll be producing content for our website and social media channels to remove the stigma and fear of testing; talking to clinical and support staff and service users, and breaking down each test in to simple steps.

For further information about LGBT Foundation’s sexual health testing clinics visit lgbt.foundation/testing

Netreach

Our team will also be online on apps, forums and websites including Gaydar, Fitlads offering information, support and advice via our Netreach programme. 


Nationally, National HIV Testing Week is part of the wider “It Starts With Me” Campaign: http://lgbt.foundation/get-support/for-men/it-starts-with-me/.  National HIV Testing Week also has its own page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NationalHivTestingWeek.