CNWL Sexual Health Service will be sponsoring Surrey Winter Pride to mark World Aids Day
1 November 2019
After the success of the first Surrey Pride event in August, Surrey Winter Pride will bring the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans community and allies together for a day of celebration and education.
CNWL staff will be on hand to answer any questions residents have, arrange appointments at local clinics and help with information about online services such as self-testing kits and contraception.
Dr Torshie Annan, Consultant GU and HIV Medicine for CNWL Surrey sexual health said “HIV is a treatable medical condition. People living with HIV and on treatment have a normal life expectancy. It is simple and easy to test for HIV and treatment is free on the NHS.
“There are still however 1 in 13 people living with HIV in the UK who are unaware of their HIV status and therefore not getting the care they need.A person with undiagnosed and untreated HIV is more likely to pass the virus on and more likely to become unwell. Effective treatment means people live a healthy life with a normal life expectancy. Treatment also eliminates the risk of passing the virus on to a partner. This means if a person living with HIV is on treatment and the HIV virus is suppressed (undetectable) there is a zero risk of passing the virus on to a partner. Also termed U=U meaning undetectable equals untransmittable. These are the reasons why testing for HIV and knowing your status is so important. “
The event falls on World Aids Day, 1 December. Every year World Aids Day highlights support for people living with HIV. Our Buryfields and Earnsdale clinics in Surrey have HIV services devoted to offering free confidential treatment, care and support for people living with HIV. Our staff will be available throughout Surrey Winter Pride to answer any questions and offer assistance.
CNWL has three main clinics in Surrey:
- Buryfields Sexual Health Clinic (61 Lawn Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4AX)
- Woking Sexual Health Clinic (Woking Community Hospital, 2 Heathside Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 7HS)
- Earnsdale Sexual Health Clinic (2 Whitepost Hill, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6BD).
Contraception only services are provided in Epsom, Leatherhead, Stanwell and Addlestone by appointment only. Visit our website for opening times.
Residents in the County can also find out more about self-testing kits to use at home, there are two types of home kits available to Surrey residents.
The first kit is the sexual health home screening kit, it is available for residents over 18 who have no symptoms. This test is for a full STI (sexually transmitted infections) check-up, which includes tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV and Syphilis.
The second kit is for residents under 25 who only want to test for Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea. Visit this page to order either of the two home kits.
Surrey Winter Pride takes place at The Electric Theatre in Guildford and will have a range of stalls, free entertainment plus places for food and drink.
To get your free tickets to Surrey Winter Pride please follow this link
For more information on sexual health services visit the Healthy Surrey website