Peter Boorman, Promotion Coordinator, THT Brighton
As part of the health promotion team, we visited the local gay venue, The Heart, as well as the local cruising areas on a regular bases, promoting safer sex through a range of literature. We also made people aware of the fast track HIV test service that was available. (Peter)
Peter moved to THT (Brighton) in June this year, where he and his team continue to support existing groups as well as setting up new support groups. These include:
‘What Next’, Is a 6 week group work programme which supports newly diagnosed HIV+ men that have sex with men and answer some of the many questions they have when first diagnosed. It is also a good opportunity to meet other people who might be going through a similar experience.
What Next?, meets in Brighton city centre on a weekday evening in a safe and confidential space.
H2, is a 6 week peer facilitated group work programme for men that have sex with men that are living with HIV and Hepatitis C at Terrence Higgins Trust in the centre of Brighton. The group aims to answer some of the many questions you have and support you in making difficult decisions about your diagnosis, treatment and living with co-infection. It’s also a good opportunity to meet other people who might be going through a similar experience.
H2 meets on a weekday evening in Brighton city centre in a safe and confidential space.
The Lounge, is a peer facilitated support group for men that have sex with men who have been living with HIV for over a year. The group meets on a Wednesday evening from 7pm till 9pm every 2 weeks and runs for 8 sessions. Members find this group an essential part of their lives as often they have no one else to talk to about their status and draw strength from each other’s shared experiences. The group also provides information on HIV and related subjects often inviting in speakers to talk to the group on specialised subjects.
Fastest, is a rapid HIV test for men who have sex with men using a finger prick blood sample. Results usually take an hour and it’s a walk-in service so no appointments are needed. We have space to test 10 people and there is an option for a Hepatitis and Syphilis test too.
Fastest is every Monday evening except on bank holidays from 6pm till 8pm. arrive early to ensure you get seen. Clinic staff can arrange a priority appointment at the Claude Nicol if any further screening is needed.
Face to Face
This is a sexual health advice service for men that have sex with men. This service is aimed at those that want to gain more information about sexual health or to discuss risks they have been taking and looking at the options available to them.
If you’re having relationship, alcohol or drugs issues that are also affecting your sexual health choices then this service could be of use to you. We can also sign post to other relevant services and will work with people for up to 3 x 1 hour sessions.
If you are interested in any of these services all you need to do is just call, email or pop in.
If you are interested in any of these services please call Peter Boorman on 01273 764200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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