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What we do

​Our work is situated in a sobering reality. Minoritised ethnic communities are disproportionately impacted by poor HIV, sexual and reproductive health compared to their white counterparts:  

  1. The highest population rates of STI diagnoses are among people of Black or mixed ethnicity, with Black Caribbeans having the highest diagnosis rates of many STIs of all ethnic groups. The majority of these cases are among persons living in areas of high deprivation. These high rates of STI diagnoses are most likely due to a combination of cultural, economic and behavioural factors.

  2. This disproportionality is particularly pronounced for gonorrhoea1 which increased in diagnoses by 34% between 2017 and 2018 for people of Black Caribbean ethnicity.

  3. In 2018, 52% of Black African heterosexual women were diagnosed with a late stage of HIV infection in 2018, compared to 43% overall.

  4. Mothers from Black ethnicities are at nearly five times higher risk of dying in childbirth than white mothers. 

At the heart of our work is a passion and drive to redress sexual health inequalities to enable all people from minority communities to enjoy positive sexual health and well-being. 

Our work is available in multiple languages and works across four key areas:

  1. Care and Support Services for people impacted and living with HIV

  2. Sexual health prevention and promotions services

  3. Clinical Services: HIV/ selected STI pop-up services and psycho-therapeutic counselling

  4. Research, influencing and policy

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