Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Sunday 16 April 2017

HIV Experts To Discuss Brightons Fast Track City Status Brighton Festival

Experts in HIV will gather at a special Brighton Festival event to discuss the city's United Nations ''Fast Track City' status.

Brighton is set to become the first city in the UK to be awarded this status joining sixty-five cities worldwide with high levels of HIV working to end the epidemic of HIV/AIDS by 2030.

Speakers at HIV: Is Victory in Sight? taking place at Sallis Benney Theatre on Sun 7 May at 3pm, will discuss whether this is possible, how HIV can be reduced globally,and the successes and challenges with HIV.

Brighton & Hove has the highest prevalence of HIV outside of London, at 1% of the population. As 91% of people living with HIV in Brighton & Hove are men, prevalence among the male population is even greater, at 1.9%.  

Professor Malcolm Reed, Dean of BSMS, siad 

"The prevalence of HIV in the Brighton & Hove area makes the United Nations Fast Track City status vitally important in our mission to combat the infection. HIV: is victory in sight? brings together experts and people living with HIV to discuss our work to end the epidemic of HIV/AIDS over the coming decade.

UN Fast Track Cities are working to achieve the following targets by 2020: at least 90% of people with HIV diagnosed, 90% of those diagnosed on antiretroviral therapy and 90% of those undergoing treatment having the virus repressed. 

Brighton & Hove to become an HIV fast track city

Dr Adrian Brown, Chair of the Martin Fisher Foundation, added: 

"Achieving United Nations Fast Track City status has re-energised the community in Brighton and Hove in the fight to combat HIV/AIDS. 

"There has never been a better time to work together Towards Zero HIV thanks to recent research and treatment. Brighton & Hove has already exceeded two of the UN Fast Track targets, with 93% of people diagnosed with HIV taking antiretrovirals and 96% of those on treatment having an undetectable viral load within six months. 

"Partners across Brighton and Hove have come together to produce the Towards Zero HIV Strategy, which is even more ambitious. We believe the city is in a very realistic position to reach zero new HIV infection, zero deaths and zero stigma by 2025."

The Brighton & Hove HIV service currently cares for 2,400 people, of whom 82% are men who have sex with men, 9% heterosexual males and 9% heterosexual females. 

It"s estimated there are a further 500 people (or 17%) living with HIV who have not yet been diagnosed. 

Although there is currently a lack of data on transgender women, anecdotal data suggests that up to 19% of those who have been tested have been identified as HIV positive.
 
For tickets to HIV: Is Victory in Sight? - at Sallis Benney Theatre on Sun 7 May at 3pm - visit brightonfestival.org


by: Mike Cobley




Share    


Feist's first album in six years reflects on secrets and shame, loneliness and tenderness, care and fatigue and is at its core a study on self-awareness. 


I was a Dodson and Fogg virgin until the Down At The Beach EP landed in my inbox. I am, in contrast, a long-time fan of the EP's creator, Chris Wade. He's written a wealth of book and magazine titles; the contents of which both inform and entertain. 

Alzheimer's Society has launched a new campaign calling on people in Brighton and Hove to set aside their differences - from age to tastes and social standing to political allegiances - and unite in the fight against dementia, as it’s set to become the 21st century's biggest killer.
Image © Alessia-Chinazzo

Arthur Miller's 1953 play seems to gain in resonance as time marches on - originally a response to the McCarthy-era Communist Witch-hunts, Miller was compelled to write about the actual 1692 witch-hunts in Salem, New England where neighbours and friends turned on each other in a frenzy of lies, peer pressure and a campaign of fear by the authorities. 
Copyright Francesca Grace McLeod

The Artists Open Houses festival 2017, the largest event of its kind in the UK, will take place in Brighton, Hove and beyond over four weekends of May, starting Saturday 6th May.

This spring, Brighton is set for a surprise as an entertainment paradise pops up in the leafy greenery of the Royal Pavilion Garden. 

Byline Festival launches at Pippingford Park, East Sussex, this summer, offering festivalgoers a unique opportunity to recapture the spirit of festivals when they had a sense of purpose. It is for everyone who doesn't want to take Trump, fake news or alternative truth lying down.

Next month, May 2017, marks Chris T-T's 20th anniversary making music. The same week in 1997 that Tony Blair came to power, Chris moved to London and before the end of May he’d played his first solo gigs (Chris that is, not Tony) and self-released his debut 7” single.  

Three friends with a passion for philanthropy and adventure have decided to take on the Mongol Rally to raise funds and awareness for St. John's School and College, a special educational needs school, college and charity based in Kemptown, Brighton and Firle Road, Seaford.

You hear it all the time: 'Bands these days have got nothing to say' .. 'It's not like it was in my day' .. 'Where are the voices of today's generation?'

Woody Allen is seemingly fixated on the end. He has little truck for the long haul that leads up to his inevitable demise. Life to him, like film making, is ‘'a different kind of pain.’

Edgar William Jones, also known as Edgar Summertyme, is an English singer-songwriter and musician who was originally the bass player and singer-songwriter for the Stairs and has since formed and fronted the Isrites, The Big Kids, Edgar Jones & the Joneses and Free Peace. 
Kate Tempest by Eddie Otchere

At a political and social moment that feels particularly precarious, Kate Tempest's Brighton Festival programme (6-28 May 2017) celebrates what she calls the Everyday Epic. 

John Lennon's musical career is littered with many-a barbed confessional and an equal amount of love strewn ballads. He was a complicated man. Both a lover and a fighter.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd