Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)

ahpn-logo-Herts-Aidahpn.orgAfrican Health Policy Network (APHN) works to reduce health inequalities & improve the health & wellbeing of the UK’s African population.

bha-logo Herts Aidthebha.org.ukBHA is the health & social care charity which exists to challenge health inequalities.

it starts with me logo Herts Aidtht.org.uk/itstartswithme

mambo-logo Herts Aidmambo.org.ukMambo is a magazine for Africans with news and features on how to live a healthy life without putting sexual health at risk.

NAT-logonat.org.ukNAT champion the rights of people living with HIV and campaign for change.

Naz-Org-logo-Herts-Aidnaz.org.ukNaz Project London (NPL) provides sexual health, HIV prevention and support services to selected Black and Minority Ethnic (BME)

positively-uk-logo Herts Aidpositivelyuk.orgPositively UK provides peer-led support, advocacy and info. to women, men & young people living with HIV.

positive-east-logo Herts Aidpositiveeast.org.uk

ahpn-logo-Herts-Aidahpn.orgAfrican Health Policy Network (APHN) works to improve the health & wellbeing of UK’s African population & reduce health inequalities

bha-logo Herts Aidthebha.org.ukBHA is the health & social care charity which exists to challenge health inequalities.

it starts with me logo Herts Aidtht.org.uk/itstartswithme

mambo-logo Herts Aidmambo.org.ukMambo is a magazine for Africans with news and features on how to live a healthy life without putting sexual health at risk.

NAT-logoNational Aids TrustNAT champion the rights of people living with HIV and campaign for change.

Naz-Org-logo-Herts-Aidnaz.org.ukNaz Project London (NPL) provides sexual health, HIV prevention and support services to selected Black and Minority Ethnic (BME)

positively-uk-logo Herts Aidpositivelyuk.orgPositively UK provides peer-led support, advocacy and info. to women, men & young people living with HIV.

positive-east-logo Herts Aidpositiveeast.org.uk

Herts Aid aims to raise awareness of HIV, promote HIV Testing and improve access to sexual health and HIV services for the BAME Community using culturally appropriate methods.

The Black African Community in the UK bears a disproportionate burden of HIV. Less than 1% of the UK population is Black African and this community accounts for 38% of all known HIV infections.

We understand that HIV related stigma is high, especially in BAME communities and it is often felt easier “not to know” your status.  However, the reality is that if you are HIV positive and do NOT know, at some point you will become unwell.

If an early HIV test is done and you are found to be positive, with confidential treatment and monitoring – no one need ever know your status.

You will be able to continue with your life, work and live well, support your family and enjoy your hobbies. Our question is simply “How sure are you about your HIV Status?”

Activities currently undertaken include

  • Production and availability of HIV information materials that are culturally sensitive.
  • Delivery of HIV prevention campaigns to BAME communities, including gay/ bisexual men.
  • Free Rapid HIV testing with immediate results.
  • Promotion of FREE screening for sexually transmitted infections.
  • The delivery of outreach awareness sessions focusing on sexual health and HIV prevention to BAME community groups, churches, mosques, businesses, universities and colleges.
  • Culturally sensitive workshops to enable better negotiation of safer sex and proper condom use with the aim to reduce the risk of HIV transmission.
  • Distribution of HIV information materials, condoms and lubricants to community settings or venues frequented by BAME community members.
  • Non stigmatising social events including football tournaments and cultural social gatherings.