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It’s European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week

European Testing Week
17-24 November 2014

Why is a European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week needed?
Today, at least one in four of the estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV in Europe are unaware that they are HIV positive. Nearly half of those living with HIV are diagnosed late – which delays access to treatment.
Hepatitis B and C are common among people at risk of and living with HIV.  Around 13.3 million people are living with hepatitis B in the WHO European Region; approximately 20-30% of infected individuals will develop cirrhosis, liver failure or hepatocellular carcinoma. 5 15 million people in the WHO European Region are living with hepatitis C; however, the majority of people with hepatitis C remain undiagnosed and only a small minority in Europe (3.5%) receive treatment.
These statistics suggest that we need to be doing more to encourage individuals who are unknowingly living with HIV and/or hepatitis to take a test, and to better target people who could be at risk.
By encouraging people to become aware of their HIV and/or hepatitis status as soon as possible, people living with HIV and hepatitis can live long with early treatment; and those with hepatitis C can be cured.

What are the benefits of testing…

…For HIV?

  • Those who are diagnosed with HIV early are more likely to respond well to treatment and live healthily for longer
  • Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the likelihood of onward transmission to others
  • Those who are diagnosed later are more likely to suffer health complications and premature death
    …For hepatitis?
  • Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the likelihood of onward transmission to others
  • Those who are diagnosed later are more likely to suffer health complications such as cirrhosis, liver failure or hepatocellular carcinoma

From European Testing Week fact sheets. See the website for more information and sources. 

Helpful links:
European HIV Test Finder – where to get tested near you

European Testing week – for more information. Irish organisations listed under Republic of Ireland.

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Irish AIDS Day 2017

June 15th is Irish AIDS Day, an occasion when we reflect on the story of HIV in this country. Today many will be remembering loved ones and others will be processing the stigma they experience while living with HIV. It is also likely that there will be a new HIV diagnosis today. Every 18 hours another person in Ireland receives news of a HIV positive test.

So ask yourself, what can I do today?

If you do not know your HIV status, get tested. At www.hivservices.ie you will find a list of local testing centres most of which offer testing for free, all of which offer it confidentialy.

Challenge stigma. HIV related stigma is all around us and often is linked to other forms of stigma particularly as relates to racism, homophobia and class divides. A kind word, a warm embrace, a shared meal can all play a part in ending the marginalisation.

Support ACET and be part of the story of seeking to improve the lives of those living with and affected by HIV and playing our part in reducing the number of new cases of HIV in Ireland.

 

 

 

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Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon 2017

Would you consider joining TEAM ACET to celebrate ACET’s 25 years of service in our communities by running, jogging, walking (or even crawling!) the Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin on Monday 5th June 2017? Please spread the word and share with anyone who might be interested. It would be great to get as many people as possible involved in this event to encourage each other along on the day and raise some funds, which are always useful and appreciated, whatever the amount. Contact the office on 018787700 or dublin@acet.ie for more details or to receive your sponsorship card and Tee-shirt. Entries close on 28th April so hurry and don’t miss out!

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World AIDS Day 2016

1st December is World AIDS Day and while our projects were ongoing with many, such as our Quilt Group, taking the opportunity to mark the occasion, ACET Ireland CEO Richard Carson was busy traversing Dublin at various functions and events.

First stop was the Mansion House on Dawson Street where the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Brendan Carr greeted representatives from a wide range of agencies working locally and globally in response to the pandemic.

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Amos Ngugi of Acts of Compassion Projects and partner of ACET Ireland with the Lord Mayor of Dublin City, Cllr. Brendan Carr.

Next stop was Cental Park on the Green Luas Line where Salesforce played host to Richard for a conversation on HIV in Ireland and beyond. ACET has been a Salesforce user for almost a decade and we are looking forward to receiving some of their staff as volunteers as we upgrade our systems.

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Staff of Salesforce wearing Red for World AIDS Day

Finally it was over to Glasnevin for a beautiful interfaith memorial service hosted by the Dublin City University chaplains, including former ACET team member, Philip McKinley.

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Students, staff and chaplains of DCU at the memorial service.

You can also read more about World AIDS Day in Richard’s guest blog post for Vox Magazine and in the most recent edition of Metro Eireann.

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ACET is Hiring

ACET Ireland is a Christian interdenominational agency responding to HIV with various projects at the intersections of addiction, sexuality, faith, minority ethnic groups and poverty that seek to improve health and offer hope.

ACET is looking for candidates for the following fixed-contract post to cover a career break. This post is based on 20 hours a week and a contract running from 4th January 2017 to 25th August 2017.

The post primarily involves operating the ACET administration office, being part of the ACET Core Team while contributing to the activities to ACET’s various projects and some PA duties for the CEO. The ideal candidate will be excellent at multi-tasking and working with a diverse team, carrying out the various administrative tasks while expressing ACET’s values and Christian ethos of compassion and care.

For more details please see this job description: Admin Job Description pdf

To apply please send a copy of your CV to richard.c@acet.ie before 5pm on Wednesday 7th December. All informal enquiries to Richard Carson at 01-8787700.

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New Parenting Course Dates Announced

“This course has enlightened me about how to deal with teenagers.” – Jesus Centre Dublin participant.

We know that Parenting is tough. We know that Parenting teenagers can be really tough. That is why we are bringing the vastly experienced staff of ACET Northern Ireland to deliver our Parent/Teen Communication Skills course in Dublin.

We have trained church leaders all over the country on HIV, listening skills, mental health and more. Together with our participants we have identified Parenting as an enormously challenging area, particularly in the context of the generation divide marked by migration from one continent to another. I remember the day a Pastor said to me, over coffee, “Richard, I don’t know how to talk to my 14-year-old daughter. It is like she is speaking a different language.” “You are not alone.” was my reply.

We have already trained parents on our Level 2 course in Jesus Centre Dublin. 100% of participants stated that the course equipped them to be better parents in areas such as Teenage Development, Strategies for Resolving Conflict,  How to Build Self esteem in Teenagers and Talking about Sex and Relationships with Teenagers.  Now we are repeating the same course for new participants

Would you consider joining us as together we explore areas of Conflict and Listening and see how God might equip us to become better parents for our wonderful children?

Course Details:

Saturday 19th November: 9:30am – 4:15pm

Saturday 26th November: 9:30am – 4:15pm

Attendance is required for both days.

Venue: Sanctuary of Salvation Ministries, Unit 12, Willow Business Park, Knockmitten Lane, Dublin 12.

Lunch will be provided. All participants will receive a Level 2 Open College Network (OCN) Northern Ireland qualification and will be introduced to further options for learning in this area including the chance to become trainers themselves through a Level 3 course. There is no charge for this course and there are limited places. To book your place contact Richard Carson at richard.c@acet.ie or 0860482094 (On WhatsApp or phone)

This project is funded by the MAC AIDS Fund.

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New Parenting Course Announced

“Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, and the hardest thing to do.”

We know that Parenting is tough. We know that Parenting teenagers can be really tough. That is why we are bringing the vastly experienced staff of ACET Northern Ireland to deliver our Parent/Teen Communication Skills course in Dublin.

We have worked with leaders in Jesus Centre Dublin, other RCCG parishes, MFM, CAC and leaders of many other churches in addressing sexual health and more. Together with our participants we have identified Parenting as an enormously challenging area, particularly in the context of the generation divide marked by migration from one continent to another. I remember the day a Pastor said to me, over coffee, “Richard, I don’t know how to talk to my 14-year-old daughter. It is like she is speaking a different language.” “You are not alone.” was my reply.

Would you consider joining us as together we explore areas of Conflict and Listening and see how God might equip us to become better parents for our wonderful children?

Course Details:

Saturday 25th June9:30am – 4:15pm

Saturday 2nd July9:30am – 4:15pm

Attendance is required for both days.

Venue: Jesus Centre Dublin, 119A JFK Industrial Estate, Bluebell Ave, Dublin 12.

Lunch will be provided. All participants will receive a Level 2 Open College Network (OCN) Northern Ireland qualification and will be introduced to further options for learning in this area including the chance to become trainers themselves. There is no charge for this course and there are limited places. To book your place contact Richard Carson at richard.c@acet.ie or 0860482094 (On WhatsApp or phone)

This project is funded by the MAC AIDS Fund.

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Testing, Testing, Testing!

On World AIDS Day (1st December) Dr. Fiona Lyons of the GUIDE Clinic, St. James Hospital reminded her audience in the Mansion House Dublin of the importance of HIV testing.

We now have wonderful medicines to treat HIV. But up to 1 in 3 people living with the virus in Ireland do not know their status as they have not yet tested.

Testing is free, confidential and available at a range of venues around Ireland. To find the nearest venue to you

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Everyone has a status – do you know yours?

 

 

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Advent Hope Service

We warmly invite you to join us for the Advent Hope service in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin with Christian Aid and ACET.

Dr Rowan Williams

We are delighted to have Dr. Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury and Chair of Christian Aid UK, as special guest preacher for the service.

The service of worship, prayer, thanksgiving and reflection will be in the context of Choral Evensong led by the world famous Cathedral Choir.

Sunday 30 November 2014, 3:15pm

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

(By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of St Patrick’s Cathedral)

 November 30 is the first Sunday in Advent, and the day before World AIDS Day, December 1 2014, which is marked around the world.

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New Healthy Church Training Dates Announced

We are delighted to announce new dates for our Healthy Church Training. On Thursday 4th December (4pm-8pm) and Friday 5th December (9am-9pm), in the Lucan Centre, church leaders from a range of backgrounds will join the ACET team of facilitators to explore health issues within our faith communities with a particular focus on the challenges that migrants to Ireland face in relation to overcoming barriers to health.

In line with ACET’s ethos, the approach of the training is to explore the possibilities of raising a culture of listening in our faith communities rather than just passing on information or skills.  By focussing on areas such as HIV and mental health we seek to equip the leaders with all they need to bring about such change. In our last post-event evaluation 100% of participants agreed that the members of their church would benefit from their leaders’ attendance at the event.

We are grateful to a range of funders including MAC AIDS Fund, the Community Foundation for Ireland, PA Foundation and Dublin City Council for their support.

This training is part of a broader Project Hope which seeks to both train leaders of migrant-led and multi-cultural faith communities in Ireland and support those most marginalised by HIV within those communities.

Here’s what some of the participants had to say after our last training event:

“The emphasis on building a culture of empathetic listening was the best part. I really benefitted from the listening skills.”

“You are doing a great work. Please don’t relent in your efforts.”

“Brilliant!”

There are only 15 places available and we expect these to fill quickly. To register your place click below to Download the Healthy Church Flyer and Booking Form.

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