Terrence Higgins Trust talks sexual health in Shropshire this September

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Building on topics discussed at the open day, the road show will provide free, confidential advice and information about what the charity offers locally. The Terrence Higgins Trust team will visit local venues – including Shrewsbury College, Oswestry Charity Market, and local shopping centres, bars and pubs – providing information and offering free Chlamydia tests for anyone who stops by.

Following on from the road show, Terrence Higgins Trust’s Telford centre will open its doors for a series of three seminars at the end of September, each taking a detailed look at a specific issue around protecting against HIV infection or living well with the virus.

The first seminar, on 26th September will teach gay and bisexual men living in the area how to improve their self-esteem and introduce methods whereby men can confidently discuss their sexuality and negotiate safer sex.

On 27th September, the centre will open its doors for two more seminars. The first, exclusively for people living with HIV, will explain some of the complex and sometimes overwhelming medical terminology around the condition and how understanding key terms can help people with HIV look after their health. The second will be a chance for people to learn about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) – a drug that, when taken quickly after exposure to HIV, may prevent infection even after the virus has entered the body. The seminar will be open to people with HIV, their friends, family and carers or groups at high risk of infection, such as gay men or African communities.

Lotte Hakeman, Centre Manager for Terrence Higgins Trust in Telford, said: “Our open day earlier this month was a great chance to showcase what the centre offers, talk to members of the local community and hear their questions and concerns. This September we hope to build on that success by taking our services out to the community with a jam-packed schedule of events. We hope the events will help to shine a light on the support and services available here in Shropshire.”

The full schedule of events during September is as follows:

Terrence Higgins Trust Shropshire Road Show

12th September: Go4IT Fair Shrewsbury College, 9am – 2:30pm
13th September: Go4It Fair Shrewsbury College, 9am – 2:30pm
14th September: Oswestry Charity Market, 9am – 3pm
17th September: C21 Shrewsbury, 9pm-12pm
18th September: Telford Shopping Centre, 9am -6pm
19th September: Shrewsbury Darwin Centre, 9am – 5pm
23rd September: Three Furnaces Telford, 9pm – 12pm
Building Self Confidence seminar – Wednesday 26th September, 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Gay and bisexual men are invited to talk about how to discuss sexuality, build confidence and practice safer sex.

Understanding CD4 and viral load seminar – Thursday 27th September, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

People who are living with HIV are invited to learn about medical terms around HIV and how understanding them can help people look after their health.

Understanding Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) seminar – Thursday 27th September, 6:30pm to 7:30pm

People with and without HIV are invited to learn about PEP, how it works, who it’s for and how to access it.

All three seminars will take place at Terrence Higgins Trust, 4 Park Street, Wellington, Telford, TF1 3AE. Light refreshments will be available for attendees. People who would like to attend any of the seminars should contact info.shropshire@tht.org.uk or call (01952) 221 410 to secure a place.

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