It’s Talk Time: Service Users Forum 2016

To mark International Women’s Day, UISCE and the Saol Project are once again hosting the annual ‘It’s Talk Time: Service Users Forum’ on Thursday 10th March in Ballybough Sports, Youth and Community Centre, in Dublin’s North Inner City.

Female participants involved in addiction services across Ireland are invited to come together to share their experiences of being a woman in addiction and in addiction services.

This year’s theme is ‘Let’s Talk Health’ (physical and mental health) and HIV Ireland will present and talk about HIV.  The event and presentation is timely given the increasing numbers of new HIV infections among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Ireland, and particularly in the Dublin region.  Between 2012 and 2014 there was a 68% increase in new HIV diagnoses among PWID (from 12 in 2012 to 27 in 2014).  In addition, the number of new diagnoses among women has increased by 367% (from 3 in 2012 to 14 in 2014).

HIV Ireland will provide updates on the emerging trends on HIV diagnoses in Ireland, why HIV infections may be increasing amongst PWID, the challenges and implications of late HIV diagnoses, how HIV transmission may be prevented, and services available at HIV Ireland and other agencies.

 

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HIV and STIs: one-day Workshop – 10th March 2016

This popular one-day training is now open for bookings.  This workshop aims to provide participants with basic up-to-date and relevant information on HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including transmission, prevention, testing and treatment.

The training will be beneficial to professionals across a range of sectors who work with service users who may be at risk of HIV, STIs and poorer sexual health outcomes, such as youth projects and organisations, LGBT organisations, education centres, drugs-related projects, housing/homeless projects, and organisations working with migrant communities and asylum seekers/refugees.

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Zero Discrimination Day – 1st March 2016

Zero Discrimination Day is a global event which takes place on 1st March annually.  Lead by UNAIDS, the event is a call to people everywhere to promote and celebrate diversity, tolerance and inclusion and to stand together to end discrimination.

Discrimination is a violation of human rights and must not go unchallenged.  Everyone can be part of the transformation and stand out for fair, equal and just societies.

To reach zero new HIV infections we must achieve Zero Stigma and Zero Discrimination.

Will you stand for #ZeroDiscrimination for all people living with HIV?  Will you challenge HIV-related stigma and discrimination?

It’s time to change the way we see, think and speak HIV.

Stand Out!  Join the #ZeroDiscrimination movement.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Download campaign materials at: http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/campaigns/2016_zerodiscriminationday

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Quality Action Conference 2016, Berlin, 26-27 January

As part of our participation in the EU co-funded ‘Joint Action on Improving Quality in HIV Prevention’, HIV Ireland attended this European conference in January – the concluding event of the Joint Quality Action Project, involving 45 partner organisations from 26 Member States

In 2014, HIV Ireland attended six days training and piloted the application of the Quality Action ‘Succeed‘ tool within our organisation to self-assess and improve the quality of one of our HIV prevention projects.

This conference provided the opportunity to take stock of the latest developments in improving quality in HIV prevention, and brought together representatives from governmental and non-governmental organisations to share their experiences in applying practical quality improvement tools.

Highlights of the conference included the launch of a new Charter for Quality in HIV Prevention as well as the presentation of the project’s Policy Kit with policy statements and strategic actions to support quality improvement in HIV prevention at national and regional levels.

Learn more about Quality Action: Improving HIV Prevention in Europe at www.qualityaction.eu.

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Some of the Irish contingent at the Quality Action Conference in Berlin, January 2016

L-R: Ann Mason (GOSHH) Billie (GOSHH), Susan Donlon (HIV Ireland), Catherine Kennedy (The Sexual Health Centre)

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