Dr Shalini Andrews speaks at Surrey Pride
12 August 2019
Surrey Sexual Health Consultant Dr. Shalini Andrews gave a talk on the main stage at Surrey's first ever Pride celebration on Saturday 10 August.
If you missed it, not to worry - you can read it here:
"I am Shalini Andrews. I am a consultant in your local Surrey CNWL Sexual Health Services. My team are here with me and we are very excited to join you at the first Surrey pride. A special mention to Ian Cole from my team who has supported the LGBTQ+ community in Surrey for over two decades through various initiatives and rallied us together here.
"Pride is about communities coming together in celebration, protest, unity and solidarity. I would like to share two more reasons to celebrate today.
"The first is U=U. What is U=U? Undetectable = Untransmittable. We know that people living with HIV on effective treatment can expect to live as long as they would otherwise. That is good news but we now have even better news. Once they have a sustained undetectable viral load, they cannot transmit HIV to their sexual partners. U=U, Undetectable = Untransmittable. So people living with HIV today can not only expect to live healthy lives but also live without the fear of transmission to their sexual partners and loved ones.
"The second is PrEP. PrEP is a once-daily pill which is proven to greatly reduce the risk of contracting HIV. It does not entirely prevent transmission but decreases the risk significantly. If you are at risk of contracting HIV through sex, this will enable you to take better control of your sexual health. We are part of a trial to look at the impact of PrEP. While we celebrate pride today, let us end the stigma of HIV.
"If you would like to discuss any of this further or would like to have tests, come into one of our CNWL sexual health clinics in Buryfields, Guildford, Woking community hospital and Earnsdale, Redhill. We also offer online tests for HIV and sexual infections through our website."