Let’s Stop HIV

The Latin American community of London has very limited access to health services: 1 in 5 Latin Americans are not registered with a GP, and 4 out of 10 have never been to a dentist in the UK (No Longer Invisible, 2011).

Recent studies of new HIV diagnosis in London show that “since 2005 there has been a notable increase of South Americans newly diagnosed with HIV in the UK” (HPA, 2011).

“Let’s Stop HIV” is a response to the raise of new HIV infections among Latin Americans, run by CLAUK in partnership with Naz Latina, a project from Naz Project London, and CLAUK’s member organisations. The campaign is carried out as part of our work towards improving Latin Americans access to health services.

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Informative and community HIV testing campaign

We run workshops for service users touring CLAUK member organisations, as well as external partners throughout London. Through these events, we provide information in Spanish and Portuguese about routes of infection, prevention, testing and the importance of early detection, as well as ways to access NHS services.

If you work with Spanish and/or Portuguese speaking Latin Americans, please contact us. We would love to bring Let’s Stop HIV to your organisation. We want everyone to get tested!

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Design by Riccardo Guido, photography by Frances Carlisle

 137 rapid HIV tests

 9 Workshops and testing events

 15 information & condom distribution centres

4,000 condoms distributed

7,000 informative leaflets distributed

 400 posters in organisations, shops & GP Practices

 

Outreach on World Aids Day

We closed every year with an event at Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre for the World Aids Day. Elephant & Castle is a key community space for Latin Americans. Big thank you to Naz Latina, LAWRS, Charing Cross Sexual Clinic and NHS Southwark Health Checks!

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Having attended the workshop and taken the HIV test, I realise that everyone should have the opportunity to find information and get tested. HIV is one of those issues we all think we know about, but in practice there is a lot of misinformation. As a community worker, I confirm this everyday. The HIV test is free, painless and takes less than 20 minutes. There are no reasons not to take it, it is a responsibility we have towards ourselves and our partners.
Mariana, Social Worker

About Naz Latina

NAZNaz Project London (NPL) is the longest established and largest BME charity in London addressing the sexual health and HIV/AIDS needs of its communities in a linguistically and culturally appropriate way.

The NPL project Naz Latina works since 1997 to meet the sexual health needs of the Spanish speaking Latin American communities in London, including those who are HIV positive and those who live with people with HIV/AIDS.

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Informing our community

Raising awareness about HIV prevention and early detection in the Latin American community. Promoting safe sexual practices, HIV testing and access to NHS services through workshops, community events, leaflets, condom distribution, press articles, social media, and a graphic campaign in Spanish and Portuguese.

Facilitating access

Engaging with GP Practices and other NHS service providers in areas of Latin American concentration to help them reach out to our community. Working in partnership with CLAUK’s member organisations to help public services establish effective channels of communication with culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

Advocacy work

Informing local authorities, Public Health and other decision makers about the obstacles influencing Latin Americans’ lack of access to NHS services and their impact on the increasing rates of new HIV diagnoses in the community, advocating for a more comprehensive assessment of the Latin American community’s needs.

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