The campaign was launched on 1st April 2016 by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, at an event in the Mansion House.
HIV Ireland supports the campaign’s harm reduction approach with key messages that aim to reduce the harms associated with the choices that people may make about using powders and other drugs. Harm reduction information and education is essential to provide people with options that help to minimise risks associated with drug use and to help keep people healthy and safe.
Organisations can support the campaign by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request a customised factsheet and poster (free of charge).
More information on the campaign can be viewed at www.drugs.ie/whatsinthepowder, where posters and factsheets can also be downloaded.
Download the HIV Ireland Poster.
Download the HIV Ireland Factsheet.
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.
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.
More information and booking forms here.
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.
Download campaign materials at: http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/campaigns/2016_zerodiscriminationday