Local figures make a stand against HIV stigma in the South West of England


When: Monday 19th November – Friday 23rd November
Where: Locations in Bristol, Weston-Super-Mare, Bath and Devizes
Who: Local politicians and other notable figures, including Bristol Councillor Glenise Morgan and Bristol Mayoral candidate Tim Collins

The local figures will be publicly declaring their support for the charity’s Stand Up, Stand Out campaign by brandishing the anti-stigma message outside iconic landmarks across the South West of England, including, Clifton Suspension Bridge, The Pier in Weston-Super-Mare, Bath’s Royal Crescent and the Corn Exchange in Devizes.

The line-up of events is as follows:

Monday 19th November: 10:30 – 11:00
The Pier, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, BS23 1AL
• Ginette Corr, NHS North Somerset
• Sharon Hartmann, ‘No Worries!’ Teenage Health Service
• Louise Sweeney, Terrence Higgins Trust

Monday 19th November: 14:00 – 14:30
Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bridge Road, Leigh Woods, Bristol, BS8 3PA
• Annette Billing, NHS Bristol
• Councillor Glenise Morgan, Cabinet Member for Care and Health
• Louise Sweeney, Terrence Higgins Trust
• Tim Collins, Independent for Bristol Mayor
• Jackie Haskins, Pregnancy Advisory Service

Tuesday 20th November: 14:00 – 14:30
Royal Crescent, Bath, Bath, Avon, BA1 2LT
• Steve Maddern, Sirona Care and Health
• Lucy Twigger, Sexual Health and HIV Medicine, RUH Bath
• Rachael Buckley, Sexual Health Improvement Practitioner, Sirona Care and Health
• Louise Sweeney, Camilla Jarvis and volunteers from Terrence Higgins Trust

Friday 23rd November: 10:30 – 11:00
The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes, SN10 1HS
• Tracy Daszkiewicz, Public Health Specialist- Sexual & Reproductive Health Lead , NHS Wiltshire
• Victoria Storey, Deputy Screening Manager, NHS Wiltshire
• Sadie Adams, NHS Wiltshire
• Kenneth Mwehonge , Commonwealth Fellow, the Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS Uganda)
• Louise Sweeney, Terrence Higgins Trust

There are more people than ever living with HIV in the South West of England, with more than 3,000 people accessing care for HIV in the area in 2011. Terrence Higgins Trust has launched it’s Stand Up, Stand Out campaign in the run up to World AIDS Day to highlight the unacceptable level of stigma that people living with HIV can still face today.

Louise Sweeney, Health Promotion Specialist for Terrence Higgins Trust in Bristol, said: “A third of people with HIV in the UK say they have experienced discrimination because of their condition – this is something that urgently needs to change. We are thrilled that politicians and local figures have joined arms with us to show that the South West won’t stand for HIV stigma any more.

“We want to see lots of people from across the South West get behind the campaign. There are so many ways to take part, from joining in one of our events, to planning your own activities, to simply making a donation or wearing a red ribbon to show your support. The funds we raise will help people with HIV access the support and services they need.”

For more information on World AIDS Day events or Terrence Higgins Trust’s services in the South West, please contact Terrence Higgins Trust’s Bristol centre at info.bristol@tht.org.uk or on (0117) 955 1000.


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