Sexual health screening, testing for HIV and other services will be offered by Armistead, Liverpool’s free and confidential sexual health promotion service, in their support of the city’s tenth Pride Festival.
The festival takes place on Saturday 27 July in the Tithebarn Street area, next to the gay quarter, with this year’s theme - ‘Come As You Are’ – aiming to encourage individuals to be proud of who they are and provide a safe platform to take pride in their identity and unite with others from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) community.
As part of the free Liverpool Pride Festival, the Armistead Centre, run by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, will be taking part in the Pride march around the city centre, which leaves St Georges Plateau at 12pm.
They will also be hosting an information stall within the event’s community zone, offering free condoms, lube, sexual health, and harm reduction advice and service information in addition to offering sexual health screening and testing for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B and C via a finger prick test. Home testing tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea will be available for Liverpool residents.
Jo Lightwood, Armistead’s team leader, said: “This is a fabulous annual event for the LGBT+ people of Liverpool to celebrate with family and friends and to show acceptance of all LGBT+ people.
“Pride also provides fantastic opportunities to raise awareness of the support services available for our LGBT+ community. The Armistead Centre is proud to be part of Liverpool Pride and want to show their support to help make the Liverpool City Region the most LGBT+ friendly region in the UK.”
Sexual Health sessions will be available at the Armistead Centre following the festival on the following dates:
More information about the Armistead Centre can be found on the helpline on 0151 247 6560.