Waverley Care set up stall at Oban Pride

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HIV and hepatitis C charity Waverley Care will be in attendance at the first Oban Pride event on Saturday May 18.

Based at the Argyllshire Gathering Halls, the Oban branch of the charity will host a stall, providing information, testing and carrying out research.

Testing for HIV and  syphilis will be carried out in a safe, free and confidential manner. This quick and easy process will give instant results from a pinprick of blood, delivered in a caring, private and non-judgemental environment.

There will be a full team of highly trained and experienced professionals on hand to talk  about sexual health, HIV and local support services, including LGBTQI+ support for young people.

Waverley Care will be joined by colleagues from their national SX project which focuses on improving the sexual, physical and mental health of gay and bisexual men.

Project worker Amanda Scott said: ‘Waverley Care encourages and supports people to look after their sexual health and wellbeing, including knowing their HIV and STI status.

‘We are delighted to be attending the first Oban Pride and by having a number of staff available, will be able to answer any of your questions.

‘Our research and engagement team will also be gathering the views of Oban Pride attendees on their experiences of accessing health services in their local area and and letting people know about their new survey.’

Anyone unable to attend Oban Pride but who is interested in getting tested in Argyll and Bute can call Waverley Care on: 07703 379090.

Turn to page 13 for the Oban Pride preview.