Thames Valley Positive Support
For more than 30 years the team at TVPS has worked hard to make a significant difference to people living with HIV across Berkshire. Originally an amalgamation of several different HIV support groups in the area, TVPS now stands proudly as the only HIV charity in Berkshire. Our work spans prevention, testing and post-diagnosis support.
Our core purpose:
• To provide emotional and practical support to those living with, or affected by, the virus and to empower them to achieve a full and rewarding life.
• To increase the level of testing to ensure people know their HIV status and to avoid late diagnosis.
• To increase awareness and information so new infections can be prevented.
A positive diagnosis can be a stressful experience and we are here to provide information, reassurance and support in a totally confidential and supportive environment.Find out more
Free testing in Slough
I just came to do shopping at Asda and saw the S4H van. The thing that surprised me was being able to have an NHS Health Check in a van, which was good as it was a drop-in session, with no need to book an appointment. I am 43 so I had started to think about my health more. Having an NHS Health Check made me realise that I am not that active, so I am going to join a gym.
Suzanna, Attendee at an outreach session for her NHS Healthcheck
We joined to find out how to be healthy as a family, the information, recipes and teachers were very good. This is a fantastic and lifestyle changing club for young children.
The Ibrahim family, Attendees at a Let’s Get Going schools programme
“I was really scared about being tested for HIV, I didn’t know what to expect. But I needn’t have worried, the test was a simple finger prick test and the result was available in 1 minute. Testing is really discreet, theres no waiting room, when you arrive for your appointment you’re seen straight away – the service is quick, discreet and non-invasive. And I had the option of a 3 month supply of free condoms. I just wish I hadn’t put off knowing my HIV status for so long.”
John, a user of Thames Valley Positive Support
This has had an impact on my son’s learning, but also on his behaviour as well as he does not get frustrated all the time. I have also realised the food we ate did not help as we had takeaway on most nights, but now I cook fresh meals which has had health benefits for both me and my child as we are starting to lose weight.
Mother of a child that takes part in our Active Movement programme
HIV in Slough
Slough has a higher than average prevalence of HIV than many major UK cities. This means there are more HIV positive people living in Slough than in many major cities including Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham and Leeds, meaning our support services are vital in Slough.
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