The event was organised by Pendleton Together tenant Owen Power in partnership with BHA, a health and well-being organisation working for the sexual health and well-being needs of black and ethnic minority people.
Suzanne, a Sexual Health Advisor and the HIV Testing Lead at BHA, provided advice, information and free testing on the day. She said: ‘’The sexual health team were very excited to help run the event, and were thrilled to be working in partnership with Owen, the Equality and Diversity Group and Pendleton Together. Together we can help reduce stigma and empower anybody concerned about HIV to test’’.
Owen, who is an active member of Pendleton Together’s Equality and Diversity Group, said: “Testing and HIV awareness is rarely talked about in Salford so it is great that Pendleton Together provided their tenants with the opportunity to kickstart a conversation on testing locally.
Lynne Harrison, Community Initiatives Officer for Pendleton Together, added: “We’re committed to making our community a welcoming, tolerant and thriving place to live. As such we recently established an Equality and Diversity Group to ensure everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, whatever their background and life choices.
“As a member of this group, it is fantastic that Owen took it upon himself to organise this event, which provided testing in a community environment for those who may feel intimidated visit their doctor.”
National HIV Testing Week seeks to reduce the rates of undiagnosed people and those diagnosed late.