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Leicestershire AIDS Support Services

Leicestershire AIDS Support Services

National HIV Testing Week: 22nd – 30th November 2014

We are promoting HIV testing in November and leading up to World AIDS day, in particular during the HPE National HIV Testing week which is 22nd to 30th November. Our HIV testing service will be available at a range of outreach settings during this week so that it is easier for you to get your HIV test. We are open on 2 Saturday mornings as well – perhaps giving you an opportunity to get tested with your partner.

We will be open at LASS during the week for testing from 9.30am – 4.30 pm. If you would like a test after 5pm this week contact us to make an appointment.

We will be offering additional HIV Testing at the following venues during the week:
Saturday 22nd November: 9.30 – 12 – at LASS. Blood pressure testing as well
Thursday 27th November: Outreach testing with partner organisation 3pm – 7pm
Friday 28th November: Outreach testing with partner organisation 3 – 5pm
Saturday 29th November 9.30 – 12 – at LASS
Saturday 29th November 5pm – 8pm at Oxygen Night Club, Wharf Street, Leicester

We have a few spaces in the schedule, so if you would like to offer HIV testing at your place get in touch.

Canon Gideon Byamugisha

We really enjoyed Canon Gideon Byamugisha’s visit in September. He inspired, affirmed, generated discussions and ideas with many people. We are looking forward to a great collaboration with FOCAGIFO on the Choose Hope campaign & coalition.

HIV & The Law The report from the session on 28th March is still available for you to download.

The law relating to the transmission of HIV is based on case law, as courts have responded to new situations by expanding the scope of existing legislation and setting precedents. This case law can only be created through contested trials or appeals.

The law used in England and Wales to prosecute people for HIV transmission is the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (OAPA 1861), under the sections relating to ‘grievous bodily harm’ (GBH). Proving GBH originally depended on physical evidence – the existence of a mark, but in the 1990s, in the context of concern about the ineffectiveness of the law to deal with high profile cases of stalking, courts succeeded in broadening the definition to include psychological harm. This subsequently meant that the transmission of disease could be defined as a crime. For a detailed timeline of legal developments, visit AIDSMAP for for more information.

The workshop, led by Birkbeck Lecturer Robert James, provided participants with up to date information about HIV and the law, using recent research by Sigma Research, updates from the National AIDS Trust (NAT) and policy statements by the British HIV Association and the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS.

Obtain your copy of the report by clicking here.

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