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‘Take pride, get tested!' – NAT and Gaydar team up for World Pride.

Friday, June 8, 2012

NAT is delighted to announce they are teaming up with Gaydar.co.uk for World Pride on Saturday 7 July with the message ‘Take Pride, Get Tested’.  NAT and Gaydar will celebrate equality and diversity whilst encouraging the gay community to be proactive in looking after themselves and their health by getting tested regularly for HIV.  

The gay community continues to be most affected by HIV in the UK and the number of new diagnoses is continuing to rise.   One in 20 gay men in the UK is living with HIV and this figure rises to one in 10 in London, and just over a quarter of gay men living with HIV do not know they have it. 

If you’re a gay man, getting tested at least once a year is recommended so you know your status and can protect yourself and your partners.  If you are diagnosed HIV positive you can then get the treatment and support you need in good time and give yourself the best chance of staying healthy, plus treatment also reduces the chances of passing HIV on.  

If you’d like to join the NAT and Gaydar team for our Pride festivities, then we’d love to hear from you.   Please get in touch via press@nat.org.uk.  

Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of NAT (National AIDS Trust), comments: 

Pride is always a fantastic day with a huge buzz and we couldn’t be happier to be teaming up with Gaydar.  Gaydar have long been supporters of NAT and our work so it will be great to be out their together in the parade, showing our support for people living with HIV, raising awareness and encouraging people to get tested.’ 

Simon Johnson, Product Manager at Gaydar.co.uk comments: 

‘World Pride sets the stage for incredibly important messages to be broadcast around the world. Regular HIV testing should be high on every gay man’s agenda and we hope holding hands with NAT as we parade around London sends that message out loud and clear…Testing saves lives, fact.’

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Notes to the editor:

For further information please contact: 

Charli Scouller 
Communications Manager
NAT 
020 7814 6733 
press@nat.org.uk 

About NAT 
NAT (National AIDS Trust) is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to transforming society’s response to HIV. We provide fresh thinking, expertise and practical resources. We champion the rights of people living with HIV and campaign for change. 
Shaping attitudes. Challenging injustice. Changing lives. 

www.nat.org.uk 
www.lifewithHIV.org – a resource for HIV positive people 
www.HIVaware.org.uk – what everyone should know about HIV 

About Gaydar
Gaydar is the UKs number one gay lifestyle website (Hitwise, June 2011), accounting for a 42 per cent share of gay and lesbian websites (HitWise, March 2012). Globally, Gaydar has 6.2 million members in more than 140 countries and territories. Gaydar.co.uk is listed as a Coolbrand by the Superbrands panel. The Gaydar stable of products also includes award-winning GaydarRadio and GaydarGirls.com, and the flagship London entertainment venues Profile and Lo-Profile on Wardour Street, W1. GaydarRadio has more than three quarters of a million listeners a month (source: RAJAR August 2010). Gaydar’s parent company is QSoft Consulting Ltd a wholly owned private company.