HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is inviting people living with HIV in Shropshire, as well as those at increased risk of infection (gay and bisexual men, and African communities), to have their say on HIV services in the county. Jointly funded by NHS Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire County NHS, the consultation will run until Wednesday 1st Febuary.
THT is inviting people from the above groups to contribute their views in a number of ways; either completing an online survey, or taking part in a focus group interview. Topics covered will include safer sex, HIV testing, and knowledge around local services. THT, NHS Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire County NHS will then use the information generated to shape future HIV prevention and care services in the county.
HIV remains the UK’s fastest growing serious health condition. The most recent figures from the Health Protection Agency show that, in 2010, an estimated 5,950 people were living with HIV in the West Midlands, a 6.4% increase on 2009.
Lotte Hakeman, Centre Manager for Terrence Higgins Trust in Telford, said: “As the UK’s HIV epidemic continues to grow, it’s important that services adapt to keep pace. To help this to happen, we need to hear from people who regularly use existing services, as well as those who are most at risk of infection. So if you live in Telford or Shropshire and fall into one of the groups mentioned, please get in touch and have your say on how local services might be improved to meet your needs.”
The consultation is open to anyone from at least one of the following groups: those living with HIV, gay or bisexual men, and/or those from African communities. For further information, including where to access the online consultation form, please contact Terrence Higgins Trust in Shropshire on (01952) 221410, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.