SAC organized a public roadshow on 27 and 28 November at Yau Tsim Mong District, to showcase the art pieces made by PLHIV. Led by registered expressive art therapist, our patient members made artistic creations through different media for expressing their inner suppression due to their illness and COVID-19 epidemic. They made use of own creativity in fascinating mask design to express personal feelings and bring encouragement to the community. Other activities such as an exhibition to introduce the services of SAC and information on our unique women phone-in hotline and free HIV & Syphilis testing, red ribbon interaction zone and photo area were also held during the event.
Under the support of MTR Corporation Limited, SAC HIV Self Testing Service posters have been installed at the MTR stations of the East, West and Ma On Shan Line, and on the Kwun Tong, Island, Tseung Kwan O, Tung Chung and South Island Line, as well as the Light Rail, during 22 September to 5 October 2021. The promotion aimed to encourage the public to join SAC HIV self-testing service, and they are able to conduct self-test in privacy as preliminary screening of their HIV status to reach the target of “early testing, early treatment”.
Before the end of 2021, it’s time for us to celebrate Christmas! This year, with the continued support of M∙A∙C VIVA GLAM, we organized a Christmas celebration on 4 December for our members to get together like one big family. During the Christmas event, lucky draws and exchange gifts sessions were organized for our members. Festive gift bags have been sending to our members after the party. They all enjoyed a happy and fruitful day. We would like to give a big applause and congratulation to M∙A∙C VIVA GLAM entering 27 years of giving back and support people living with HIV/AIDS.
The health talk related to HIV eye health was held at SAC Centre on 26th Nov and the topic was “Magic ways to keep eye healthy”. We are honored to invite Associate Professor Chen Li Jia, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK, to be our guest speaker to introduce common eye diseases including cataract, glaucoma and HIV related eye diseases, including signs and symptoms, investigations and treatment. Visual health is closely related to our daily lives. Our members have benefited a lot from the talk and Professor Chen also encouraged members to seek medical advice as soon as possible if they have symptoms of visual problems.
SAC center held a health talk on 10 November on the topic of knee pain. Physiotherapist discussed the anatomy of the knee joint, common pathologies contributing to knee pain, and treatments options. Modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound, interferential therapy, various exercises to stretch, strengthening certain muscle groups and balance training were outlined, with explanations on their effects on our bodies or biomechanics. Last but not least, health tips for knee pain prevention or maintenances were given. We look forward to the balance and lower limbs strengthening exercise group in coming January 2022 to further promote healthy lifestyle to our members in a practical way.