Carnival-goers encouraged not to dance around the issue of safer sex

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HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is teaming up with bands on the final day of this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, Monday 29th August, to support partygoers in looking after their sexual health.

THT staff and volunteers will be joining forces with the Bajan Revellers, Burrokeets, Masquerade 2000, Flagz and Flagz Radio on party floats taking to the streets of Notting Hill, to give out free safer sex resources and information to help people stay safer during the festivities.

London is still the sexually transmitted infection (STI) capital of the UK, with over 85,000 STI diagnoses in the city in 2010, so it’s vital that people know the risks and how to protect themselves from them.

Michelle Harewood, Outreach Officer for THT, said: “Carnival is a fun and exciting opportunity for Terrence Higgins Trust to expand the outreach work we do within London’s diverse communities. We’ll be raising awareness of sexual health issues and how people can look after themselves, signposting people to their local STI testing clinics and explaining the negative health impacts of being diagnosed late with HIV.

“Sexual health is still considered to be a taboo subject by many and the carnival is a great arena for us to engage with people in a relaxed environment and support anyone with concerns.”

Now in its 46th year, Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s biggest street festival and expects over one million attendees as well as the thousands of people taking part. Max Davis from the Bajan Revellers said: “People know a lot about how to look after their general health but, unfortunately, sexual health is something that often gets forgotten about. People will be partying hard at this year’s carnival so it’s the perfect environment to remind people about how to protect themselves STIs and give them sexual health resources. THT’s presence is vital at this year’s event.”

For more information on THT’s services in London, including weekly HIV testing clinics, please contact THT Direct on 0808 802 1221 or email at info@tht.org.uk. To find out more about Notting Hill Carnival visit www.nottinghill-carnival.co.uk

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