TVPS holds Awareness Week to address Slough’s status as HIV hotspot

From the Slough Express:

A hot-spot week is being held this week by a Slough-based charity to raise HIV awareness.

The town has been flagged up by the Department of Health as an HIV hot-spot with the sixth highest prevalence of the virus in the UK, outside of London.

Thames Valley Positive Support (TVPS) has organised the event, in partnership with Slough Library, aiming to bring HIV to the public’s attention and get more people educated about the virus.

Through fundraising events, TVPS has been able to donate HIV-related books to the library, to ensure the whole community has access to a free, easy and anonymous way of finding out more about it.

Sarah Macadam, CEO of TVPS, said: “We want everyone to have the means to get HIV aware.”

The books will be on display at Slough library during hot-spot week.

There will also be a free HIV workshop at the library in Slough High Street tomorrow from 1-3pm, that will help people learn more about the virus and dispel the many myths that surround it.

It will include an HIV positive speaker talking about their experiences.

Places on the workshop are open to all but need to be booked via office@tvps.org.uk or 01628 603400.

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