Ways you can help yourself or support issues relating to HIV
1. Invite a guest speaker into your school or youth provision
– Invite Sahir House or a sexual health professional to your school or youth organisation to talk about HIV issues. Addressing education not only reduces stigma it also helps to make people aware of how to reduce or prevent HIV transmission.
2. Wear a red ribbon
– the HIV symbol that raises awareness, shows support for people living with HIV and remembers those who have died of HIV related illnesses. On December 1st each year World AIDS Day seeks to support HIV awareness and remembrance. Look out for your Red Ribbon.
3. Use a condom if you are going to have sex and think about your sexual health.
This one simple thing you can do is the only effective barrier to HIV being passed on through unprotected sex. Know where to get FREE condoms from and how to use them. Knowsley Sexual Health Services, THinK clinics and Knowsley C-card sites can all provide free condoms, advice and information. Go to our sexual health section for more detailed information.
4. If you have had unprotected sex once, go and get an HIV test, know your HIV status.
Visit your local sexual health clinic for confidential specialist advice and information.
5. Understand about HIV and related issues and educate yourself and others about the facts.
If you or someone you know may need help, information advice or support concerning HIV or related issues then help is available from:
Knowsley Contraception and Sexual Health Clinics
Provide free and confidential help specialist information, advice and treatment on sexual health matters. For more information on clinic times and venues look at the THinK Clinic information or;
Call 0151 244 3580
or visit www.sexualhealthknowsley.nhs.uk
Sahir House provides information and support to people living with, or affected by or at risk of HIV, and to increase knowledge and reduce stigma related to HIV and sexual health among the wider population. For more information;
Call 0151 237 3989
or visit www.sahir.org.uk
Provide sexual health and advice services for young people under 25.
Call Brook Liverpool on 0151 207 4000
or visit www.brook.org.uk/
Knowsley NHS Walk-in Centres
Provide treatment for minor illnesses and injuries without an appointment. It’s a type of service that offers a convenient alternative to your GP. They are open 365 days per year and can provide Emergency Hormonal Contraception as well as pregnancy and Chlamydia testing. For more information and to find more details on centre opening times etc call:
Huyton 0151 244 3150
Kirkby 0151 244 3180
Halewood 0151 244 3532
Or go to www.knowsleyccg.nhs.uk/walk-in-centre/
Knowsley Youth Mutual
Provides services relating to young people and advice. Free condoms are available from C-card sites across many Knowsley Youth Mutual Youth Clubs by speaking to a youth worker. For more information and to find more details on centre opening times call the following offices:
North Area (Kirkby) 0151 443 4466
Central Area (Huyton) 0151 443 5333
South Area (Prescot) 0151 443 4542
Our Place (Borough wide facility) 0151 443 5323
Or go to: www.youthmutual.co.uk