WORLD AIDS DAY – DECEMBER 1ST 2018

On Saturday 1st December, events will take place around the world to mark the 30th annual World AIDS day.

Today in Scotland HIV is considered a manageable long term health condition, with treatments allowing people to live long, healthy lives. However, despite improved medical understanding, the condition continues to affect some of the most vulnerable people in our community, often driven by stigma.

 

This year on World AIDS Day we are helping to promote a message that challenges this stigma, and underlines the effectiveness of current HIV treatments – its called Undetectable = Untransmissible. U=U is a powerful challenge to the stigma often associated with HIV. It highlights not only that treatment can help people living with HIV to live well, but also that treatment can play a role, alongside condoms, testing and PrEP, in stopping the spread of HIV.

HIV treatments work by reducing the level of HIV in the body, to the point where it is undetectable. It can take up to six months of treatment for a person to reach this point, and they need to continue to adhere to treatment throughout their life in order to remain undetectable.

 

Today in Scotland HIV is considered a manageable long term health condition, with treatments allowing people to live long, healthy lives. However, despite improved medical understanding, the condition continues to affect some of the most vulnerable people in our community, often driven by stigma.

 

If you think you might have put yourself at risk of HIV then you should get yourself test. You can get a free, confidential HIV test by visiting your local:

Sexual Health Clinic – Click here for more information

Addictions Service   Click here for more information

THT Testing Clinic – rapid testing available  Click here 

GP Surgery

South Ayrshire Homeless Nursing Team

Home testing kits (available to order on THT website) – if ordering other testing kits online, please check they have the British Standard Kite Mark.

 

 

Sexual Health and BBV Training Dates for 2018 – 2019

Training is offered free of charge to anyone who lives, works or studies in Ayrshire & Arran. Full details of all training courses can be found in our Sexual Health and BBV Training Brochure and our calendar can be accessed by clicking here.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Get your CCard

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Did you know that you can get a card (Ccard) that allows you to get free condoms for a variety of outlets, across Ayrshire. To obtain a card you need to sign up. This involves a short confidential discussion with a Sign Up Facilitator, they will talk about condom or dam use, what to do if a condom bursts, sexually transmitted infections and, if necessary, sexual health or relationship issues, and they will direct you to other professionals, if necessary. Although the Sign Up Facilitator will ask for your name, address and age, the only information that you have to give is the first part of your postcode and your date of birth. You will then be given your C Card. Click here for a list of Sign Up points.

Once you have your Ccard, you can use this is a number of outlets across Ayrshire ranging from pharmacies, to youth clubs and some GP surgeries, for a full list of distribution points Click here

Free HIV Test and Results

Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland is now offering a FREE 20min HIV test and result. Find out your HIV status at the confidential “Fastest” clinic through a simple finger-prick blood test with swift results.

Tuesday night drop in 5-8pm, no appointment necessary.

For more information call 0141 332 3838 or email info.scotland@tht.org.uk

Advice About Contraception

If you need help or advice about your contraceptive needs, ask to speak to a pharmacist prescriber.

Toll Pharmacy

Ayr Road, Prestwick
Wednesday afternoons from 2pm to 5.30pm
Or ask the pharmacy team by calling 01292 478244

Boot’s Pharmacy
High Street, Ayr
Saturday mornings from 9am till 12 noon
Or ask the pharmacy team by calling 01292 269323

Working together to achieve the healthiest life possible for everyone in Ayrshire and Arran.

Ogg Pharmacy

44 Newmarket Street, Ayr.

Emergency contraception can be obtained Monday – Friday 09.00 – 5.30pm and Saturday 09.00 – 4.00pm.  Sexual Health and Contraception Clinic available Monday – Thursday 09.00 – 5.30pm.