The Sussex Beacon raises over £750 on World AIDS Day

Staff and volunteers from The Sussex Beacon raised over £750 with bucket collections on World AIDS Day (December 1) this year.

Fundraisers were at Brighton train station and at The Sussex Beacon’s shops on London Road and St James’s Street, raising awareness of HIV, handing out red ribbons and collecting donations.

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said, “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone in Brighton who donated this World AIDS Day and to those who wore their red ribbon to raise awareness. Your donations will go directly towards helping people living with HIV locally.”

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. The red ribbon was the first awareness ribbon ever created, and is now used in a different colour by many other causes.

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care to over 500 people living with HIV a year, offering both inpatient and outpatient services to improve health and promote independence. Those using the charity’s services may be facing serious HIV related illnesses, dealing with mental health issues or struggling to cope with the side effects of new drug regimes. Recently rated ‘outstanding’ by the independent health regulator, The Sussex Beacon provides first class care and support to those in need.

PrEP trial welcomed by The Sussex Beacon

NHS England is to launch a trial of PrEP, a drug that dramatically reduces the risk of acquiring HIV. At least 10,000 people will be given the drug in a clinical trial lasting three years.

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive at The Sussex Beacon said, “The green light for this trial of PrEP is a great step forward in tackling HIV. We know it’s a very effective way to prevent HIV transmission and we hope this trial is a pre-cursor to rolling a PrEP programme out nationwide. Not only could this decision save lives, it’s also pragmatic financially. The cost of funding the drug would be far less than treating the HIV cases that PrEP could have prevented.”

To find out more about PrEP, click here: PrEP

The Sussex Beacon’s response to the Public Health England ‘HIV in the United Kingdom: 2016 Report’ and NICE Guidelines on routine HIV testing launched today.

The Public Health England report, published today shows that in 2015, an estimated 101,200 people were living with HIV in the UK.  Of those people, 13,500 or 13% were unaware of their infection and at risk of passing on the virus to others.

The local picture
Locally, there were 2,824 people with diagnosed HIV in Sussex (this figure is for residents aged 15 – 59 accessing HIV related care in 2015), this includes 1,544 in Brighton and Hove, which is one of the areas of highest prevalence in the UK. Over 41% of those newly diagnosed with HIV in the South of England were diagnosed late.

NICE and Public Health England have recommended HIV testing is routinely offered to millions of people living in areas with a high prevalence of HIV.

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive at The Sussex Beacon said:

“To effectively tackle HIV locally we need to encourage more people in Sussex to get tested. Routine testing in high prevalence areas would be a great approach and may identify people who might otherwise ‘fall through the net’ and end up being diagnosed very late. In the meantime, if you think you might have been at risk please consider taking a test as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment means people can live long, healthy lives with HIV, but the first step is taking that test. There’s support available for anyone testing positive, so you won’t be facing it alone.”

To find out where to test in Sussex, please visit www.startswithme.org.uk

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care to over 500 people living with HIV a year, offering both inpatient and outpatient services to improve health and promote independence. Recently rated ‘outstanding’ by the independent health regulator, The Sussex Beacon provides first class care and support to those in need. To find out more visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk

The Sussex Beacon joins fundraising and remembrance events this World AIDS Day

Staff and volunteers from The Sussex Beacon will be at Brighton train station between 7am and 4pm this World AIDS Day (December 1), handing out red ribbons and raising vital funds for local people living with HIV.

Staff in the Sussex Beacon’s shops, on London Road and St James’s Street will also be fundraising and raising awareness of HIV throughout the day.

In the evening, representatives from the charity will be attending the World AIDS Day vigil, taking place at the AIDS Memorial in New Steine Gardens and the World AIDS Day concert afterwards at St Mary’s Church.

Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said, “World AIDS Day is primarily an opportunity to reflect on the past, remembering those who died with AIDS since the epidemic began. However, it’s also a time to look to the future, raising awareness by wearing red ribbons, tackling stigma and collecting vital funds for local HIV charities. Each year we’re bowled over by the generosity and good will of the people of Brighton on World AIDS Day, many of whom show their support by donating, attending events and wearing their red ribbons with pride.”

In the run up to World AIDS Day, The Sussex Beacon had the opportunity to fundraise at Brighton & Hove Albion football club. As one of the club’s charity partners, The Sussex Beacon collected donations at the home game on 26th November, managing to raise £1790 in just a few hours.

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. The red ribbon was the first awareness ribbon ever created, and is now used in a different colour by many other causes.

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care to over 500 people living with HIV a year, offering both inpatient and outpatient services to improve health and promote independence. Those using the charity’s services may be facing serious HIV related illnesses, dealing with mental health issues or struggling to cope with the side effects of new drug regimes. Recently rated ‘outstanding’ by the independent health regulator, The Sussex Beacon provides first class care and support to those in need. To find out more visit www.sussexbeacon.org.uk