Latest News on COVID-19 from Aidsmap

Latest News on COVID-19 from Aidsmap

 

Two studies of COVID-19 cases published in recent days lead investigators to the cautious conclusion that people living with HIV are not at higher risk of death or severe illness, but one study shows a higher frequency of bacterial pneumonia leading to death in people living with HIV hospitalised with COVID-19.  Read the full article here.

Tuesday, 26 May, 2020

CLINIC UPDATE

CLINIC UPDATE

 

All the HIV clinics in Greater Manchester remain open.

 

Due to the ongoing outbreak of Covid-19 across the UK most HIV clinics across Greater Manchester have reduced their opening times and the number of face-to-face appointments they offer. This is to reduce the risk of transmitting Covid-19 and because staff at many clinics have been redeployed to other parts of the NHS.

 

Clinics are doing most of their consultations over the phone – if you are on treatment, have an undetectable viral load and have no medical issues, you will probably receive a supply of medication and your next set of bloods will be deferred for six months.

 

You may still be asked to go into clinic if you are newly diagnosed, switching treatment or you have a medical need that cannot be dealt with over the phone.

 

Below are the contact details for all the clinics in Greater Manchester. For further details please check your clinics website or call them on the number provided.

 

Clinic

Contact number

Bolton Sexual Health Clinic

0120 439 0771

Bury Sexual Health Clinic

0300 303 8565

Goodman Centre – Salford

0161 206 1099

North Manchester Clinic (Outpatient D)

0161 918 4263

North Manchester Clinic (Outpatients B)

0161 7202 677

Oldham Sexual Health Clinic

0300 303 8565

Orange Rooms – Ashton-Under-Lynne

0161 342 7101

Rochdale Sexual Health Clinic

0300 303 8565

Stockport Choices Centre

0161 204 5888

The Hathersage Centre

0161 701 1555

Withington Clinic

0161 217 4939

Tuesday, 26 May, 2020

May 17

 

IDAHOBIT

 

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

 

The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

 

The Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

 

2019 Annual Report

Friday, 15 May, 2020

 

OUR SUPPORT GOES MUCH FURTHER WITH YOUR SUPPORT

 

Like many - if not all - charities across the UK, we are experiencing an unprecedented impact on our income; particularly that income which is generated through community fundraising events.

 

Ever since we were founded in 1985, in response to the emergence of a new virus, we have relied on donations and fundraising income to support our core work.  The funding we receive from local authorities to provide one-to-one advice & support and the income for projects like our Better Together peer mentoring does not cover all our costs.

 

These costs include, for example, reimbursing travel expenses for our volunteers to support staff in our office; covering the cost of fuel when volunteers drive service users with limited mobility to appointments; purchasing materials to improve the recruitment experience of new volunteers.

 

We do not receive any specific funding to cover the cost of t-shirts or the printing of general awareness-raising material - all of which is vital in helping us, and our key messages, to be visible and, more importantly, to educate the public about HIV and HIV stigma.  This is one of our governing objectives, one of which we cannot ever lose sight.

 

It is also true of course that we need to maintain a safe, clean and welcoming space in order to provide our one-to-one support and group events.  We rely on donations, community fundraising and other income to help us do this.  The hire of our ground floor training room to external organisations brings us income which also supports our work.  However, all bookings which were made before the current crisis have now been cancelled.  We do not know when we will be able to take bookings again.

 

These are challenging times for everyone and we understand that, for many, fundraising priorities have changed.  However, despite the difficulties that the Covid-19 pandemic has presented, we continue to work hard to ensure that people living with HIV - in Greater Manchester and beyond - receive the very best support, advice and information.

 

THANK YOU

 

Thank you to our regular donors, fundraisers, supporters and friends.  We know that many of you, local businesses and individuals, are facing significant challenges yourselves at this time.  We are so grateful that so many of you have loyally supported us all these years with love, creativity, originality, and, on many more than one occasion, fabulous flamboyance.

 

Many thanks to our patron Russell T Davies for making this short video

 

Please do help us to continue to do what we do well and give what you can.  Our support goes much further with your support.

 

Text GHT plus the amount you wish to donate, e.g. 5, 10, 20 or any other amount to 70085.

 

GHT 5 to 70085 to give £5

GHT 10 to 70085 to give £10

GHT 20 to 70085 to give £20

 

The legal bit is that texts cost your donation amount plus the cost of a standard text message.

 

After you have made a donation, you will receive a follow up text asking if you would like to add Gift Aid to your donation.  Please add Gift Aid - you will increase the value of your donation by 25% at no extra cost to you.  For example a £10.00 donation will be worth £12.50

 

 

Monday, 4 May, 2020

Living with HIV? Want to talk to us?
Call 0161 274 4499 or email: talk@ght.org.uk

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