Local charity The Crescent mark ‘World Aids Day 2017’ with a series of events in St Albans. Charity, Community, Education, Festival, Health, Local Business, Local Music on The Parsons Knows Local Music

Local HIV support charity The Crescent based in St Albans have planned a series of events to raise awareness and vital funds for ‘World Aids Day 2017’.

Friday 1st December they will be at St Albans City Station with leaflets and buckets.

Saturday 2nd December – for the 4th year running our very own Denise Parsons from ‘The Parsons Knows Local Music’ who is a Trustee at the charity, will be hosting another ‘Busking Day’. Local musicians give their time and talents to raise money for this local charity twice a year for the last 4 years. Artists like Starseedz, Li Li, Tom Craven – who recently released an album for the charity – Lauren Rich, Phoenix and many more! This takes place in front of The Clock Tower on the way to the Xmas Market from 11 am to 4 pm. Local Businesses like ‘The Boot’ & ‘The Courtyard Cafe’ offer their support with the loan of Gazebo & weights again this year.

Sunday 3rd December – The Crescent will again be running the ‘Sausage Sizzle’ at Bunnings.

The 2017 WAD campaign centres around this objective –

End isolation
End stigma
End HIV transmission

You’ve helped us fight HIV. Now, let’s end it. This World AIDS Day join the fight to end the negative impact of HIV.

This year in the UK there have been the first significant reductions in HIV diagnoses for gay men in London, thanks to frequent testing, rapid treatment and PrEP. Let’s grow this success so that it includes everybody at risk, across the UK.

But our fight is not just about the virus. For the more than 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK, ignorance and discrimination can still limit opportunities, preventing them from living full and happy lives. HIV means you are more likely to live in poverty, and more likely to have poor mental health.

This is an exciting turning point. But we need a new burst of energy to end stigma, end HIV transmission and end the isolation experienced by people living with HIV, for good.

The Crescent operates a drop in day centre right in the centre of St Albans and has done so for 30 years despite losing vital NHS funding some years ago. They now rely on the generosity of the public & various trusts including our local Abbey to continue to offer their services. If you would like to find out more then visit their web site http://www.thecrescent.org.uk/