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London joins #FastTrackCities

London signs up as a Fast-Track City, taking on the challenge to end new HIV infections whilst tackling HIV-related stigma and discrimination. #FastTrackLDN On Wednesday 10th January 2018 I had the genuine pleasure and privilege of attending the historic signing ceremony for Fast Track Cities.  Held at City Hall, the Mayor of London and senior […]


Recently Spectra CEO Karen Skipper, contributed to the National Aids Trust blog StopHIVCuts.org HIV support services “plug the gap” left by wider funding cuts There is no doubt the effect funding cuts to HIV services are having. Last week a woman walked in to Spectra’s office in Ladbroke Grove, desperate for someone to talk to […]

#NHTW2017 & #WAD2017 ROUND-UP

With the whirlwind of activities for National HIV Testing Week 2017 and the lead up to and including World Aids Day behind us, we thought we’d pick out a few highlights from the two weeks. Over 40 Locations and venues stretched across Spectra’s commissioned boroughs, with almost 70 sessions, there are so many to choose […]

SPECTRA SERVICES @ HART (Hillingdon Aids Response Trust)

As part of the recent new Provision of Integrated Clinical & Non-Clinical HIV Prevention Service in Hillingdon, we now offer services in the Uxbridge, Hillingdon and surrounding areas of the borough. One of our valued locations and partners is HART (Hillingdon Aids Response Trust). We offer various services from their private premises on Windsor Street, […]


A selection of pictures from today’s Red Run 2017 in Victoria Park, East London. Collectively we raised money for 29 charities nationwide working on behalf of HIV awareness and prevention. Over £78,000!!! which is amazing! More pics to come!!


National HIV Testing Week (18-24 November) is an initiative by HIV Prevention England, funded by Public Health England, and coordinated by Terrence Higgins Trust, with support, partnership and participation from organisations across the public, statutory and private sectors, including Spectra. This year we’re asking people to raise their finger and share a message of support. […]

England PrEP Impact Trial Launches

As of today, Wednesday 11th October 2017, NHS England have announced that the England PrEP IMPACT has launched! But! Before you all go rushing out to your local sexual health clinic there are a few things you need to be aware of. To find out when your clinic is enrolling regularly check the trial website for updated […]

RUN 4 Spectra

“A great 10k run, a fantastic cause and experience!” Taking place on 26 November 2017, the World AIDS Day Red Run is a 5K or 10K charity run through leafy Victoria Park, East London, now in its 8th year. Last year the Red Run helped to raise over £60,000 for local HIV services. This year the Red Run is supporting 28 HIV charities across […]

Book Review: Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the present day.

Described by the Independent as “…the greatest living chronicler of London” he certainly lives up to the quote in this time travel of a book through gay life in this amazing city we live in. In Roman Londinium the city was dotted with lupanarian (“wolf dens’ or public pleasure houses”), fornices (brothels) and thermiae (hot […]



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