HIV testing week is from 18th November 2017. It is an opportunity for people to find out more about HIV and to get tested.
SignHealth has been running a project in Wandsworth on HIV awareness. We have held workshops for young Deaf people so they have the facts they need about safe sex.
Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information that is accessible for people who are Deaf. Because of this, the project found a lot of confusion.
Lynn Shannon, who was involved in the project, explains more: “In schools we met Deaf children who didn’t understand the basics of consent and safe relationships. One girl said she didn’t realise she could say no. So, we had to go back to basics before we could even introduce the topic of HIV.”
A workshop for Deaf adults showed that most only had a bit of information from many years ago. For instance, 80% were not sure what an STI was (a Sexually Transmitted Infection). By the end of the workshop they had the information they could then share with friends and family.
SignHealth has recently produced new videos with everything you need to know about HIV in BSL. These were made possible with the support of Public Health England and the Terence Higgins Trust.