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THT to host first regional conference on HIV

HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is inviting people living with HIV, as well as those with a professional interest in the condition, to attend a free conference in Bristol. South West Think Positive, the first event of its kind in the region, will take place on Tuesday 30th November.


In a joint initiative organised by Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council, South Gloucestershire Council, The Brigstowe Project and THT, The conference is an opportunity for people with HIV to provide feedback on health and support services, and raise any concerns they may have around their condition. It will also provide information on what rights they have in areas including equality, employment, and disclosure of their status.

Sessions available during the conference will include “HIV, your GP, and the implications of changes to primary care”, “Over fifty and living with HIV” and ” Stigma, discrimination, and knowing your rights”

Louise Sweeney, Health Promotion Specialist for THT in Bristol, said: “In the current economic climate, we know many people with HIV are finding themselves in increasingly vulnerable positions. This conference will give people a chance to tell us what they need, and local authorities can use this feedback to inform future services.

“South West Think Positive isn’t just for people living with HIV either. Anyone who works in a profession where a knowledge of the issues might be useful – doctors, teachers, even prison officers – should benefit from attending the sessions. We would encourage anyone with an interest in HIV, whether personal or professional, to sign up for their place.”

Gillian Douglas, Equalities & Community Cohesion Manager at Bristol City Council, added: “With changes in equality legislation offering greater protection from discrimination for everyone, Bristol City Council’s Equalities Team is pleased to be supporting this timely Conference in partnership, to raise awareness of some of the challenges still facing people across the region who are living with and affected by HIV”.

Those people interested in attending the conference should contact Karen Smith on (01275) 882167, or email karen.smith@n-somerset.gov.uk.