outnorthwest issue 107

1st December is World AIDS Day, and this year Manchester is asking everyone to know their HIV status. There’s really no excuse these days for not taking care of yourself, and it’s easier than ever to get tested and find out your HIV status.

Every Thursday between 4pm and 6pm, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation offers a free, confidential same day HIV testing service. You don’t even need to make an appointment. And on World AIDS Day, the clinic will be open from 12 noon until 6pm at the LGF’s Community Resource Centre on Richmond Street (we’re just above Queer). So why not make a commitment to yourself and your health and come along and get tested?

In this issue of outnorthwest, we’ve got details of events happening across the North West to mark World AIDS Day, and how you can get involved. On page 34, Patrick Ettenes writes for us again about how he dealt with his positive diagnosis. It’s a fantastic article, and I’d recommend you all read it.

Elsewhere in this issue we also talk to Jonathan Harvey, writer of Beautiful Thing, which has just made a triumphant return to the stage at The Royal Exchange in Manchester. It’s on until 3rd December, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Don’t miss our chat with Elly Barnes too, who was recently voted number one in The Independent’s Pink List. She’s an amazing woman, and we really wish we had teachers like here when we were at school!

Have a fantastic, and safe Christmas and New Year, and don’t forget, if you’re struggling over the festive period, or just need someone to talk to, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation is there for you. We’ll be available all through the holidays, so call us on 0845 3 30 30 30. There’s tonnes of useful advice on our website too, so make sure you bookmark www.lgf.org.uk

See you at the end of January.

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