GiGSoc are hosting one of the regional LGBTQI+ Strategies for people ages 15-24 years of age and who are LGBTQI+ identifying. This is an extremely important event and we need contributions from as many people. If there are anyone who think would be interested please ask them to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
AIDS West are to offer Free Confidential Rapid HIV Testing on the last Tuesday of each month at the Teach Solais Centre, Merchants Road, Galway starting Tuesday 31 January 2017. AIDS West report that the numbers of new diagnoses of HIV in Ireland continues to rise annually with the latest comprehensive report available from Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) for year ending 2015 indicating that there was a 25% increase in new diagnoses over the previous year of 2014. Additionally, the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control states that the 2015 figure indicates a rate of 10.6 per 100,000 population – the highest rate ever reported in Ireland. Evidence and research from the World Health Organisation indicates that a third of people living with HIV do not know that they are HIV Positive, therefore are more likely to pass on the infection unknowingly.
These extremely worrying figures are of great concern to AIDS West, as this clearly demonstrates that the numbers of people being newly diagnosed with HIV is rising at a rapid rate. AIDS West Manager Joe McDonagh outlined ‘we are working closely with our colleagues in the Infectious Disease Clinic at University Hospital Galway as we are very aware that there is considerable under detection/reporting of HIV, therefore there is a much greater need for access to free HIV testing’.
AIDS West Support Service Co-ordinator Ger Coy outlines the need to regularly test for HIV if someone is sexually active, ‘HIV prevention is an essential part of our work and we encourage everyone to be aware of their HIV status. Once a person is diagnosed it’s important to start treatment immediately so as to decrease the impact of the virus and to reduce the chance of onward transmission of the virus’.
Contact AIDS West on 091 566266 or email email@example.com to find out more and to book an appointment.
AIDS West are to launch a FREE Rapid HIV Testing Service on Tuesday 29th November 2016 from 5:00pm-8:00pm at The Teach Solais Resource Centre, Merchants Road Galway.
AIDS West Manager Joe McDonagh states “promoting condom use and regular testing remain key to limiting the spread of HIV and STIs among those who are sexually active. Being diagnosed with HIV today means something very different than it did 20 or 30 years ago, however the stigma associated with HIV can act as a barrier to people accessing testing services. To encourage them to get tested more regularly, AIDS West are to launch a free Rapid HIV testing service on Tuesday 29th November from 5:00pm-8:00pm at the Teach Solais LGBT+ Resource Centre, Merchants Road Galway. We will continue to offer free Rapid HIV Testing on the last Tuesday of each month with the next session being on Tuesday 31st January 2017.”
To book an appointment for a free Rapid HIV Test on Tuesday 29th November or for more info contact t: 091 566266, www.aidswest.ie or e: firstname.lastname@example.org
ChemSex in Ireland Training: Register Now – Drug and Alcohol Information and Support in Ireland – Drugs.ie
This training will address ChemSex contexts/motivations, risk assessments, harm reduction information, HIV/HCV/STI implications and will support attendees to develop appropriate support services and psychosocial interventions.
Training will be provided by David Stewart, Substance Use Lead at 56 Dean Street London (An NHS sexual health clinic based in Soho which offer full outpatients HIV clinic services).
For individuals living with HIV there can be many challenges that are not health-related. Working, travelling abroad, obtaining life-assurance for a mortgage- all of these things can be affected by a person’s HIV status.
The aim of this research study is to gain a greater understanding of the reality of living with HIV in Ireland today, with a special focus on the impact of stigma on the day to day lives of people living with HIV. This research study will form part of the researcher’s* doctoral thesis on HIV and stigma in Ireland today. The study is currently seeking to recruit volunteers to participate in one-on-one interviews.
If you are interested in finding out more about the project or if think you would like to volunteer, please get in touch via email: email@example.com or DM on Twitter: HIV Stigma Study@StigmaStudyIE.