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Mother born with HIV calls for better testing of women

A mother from Rochdale who was born with HIV wants more women to get tested.

The virus levels are so low in Paida Mutopo that she isn't at risk of passing it on. Her son has been tested and has no signs of the disease.

She hopes that by speaking out she can show women that there is no stigma.

of people living with HIV in the North West are women

A quarter of people living with HIV in the North West are women but according to one charity campaigns are too focused on gay men.

Research by the Terrence Trust reveals almost half of women with HIV were diagnosed late.

Debbie Laycock, Head of Policy and Involvement at the Terrence Higgins Trust said: "Despite experiences of violence, poverty and mental health issues, our research found a real shared strength and resilience among women living with HIV."

Many women continue to prosper, often using their experiences to support and educate others in their community, while living healthy, happy lives.

However, there are still too many women living with HIV who are being left behind. The issues they face should be invisible no longer. Women living with HIV must be heard, counted for and no longer left behind in progress made around HIV.

– Debbie Laycock, Terrence Higgins Trust


Toddler's tumour 'few millimetres too large' for NHS treatment

The young parents of a toddler with a rare form of cancer are having to fund raise to pay for specialist treatment.

Two year old Bodie McNulty from Milnrow, Rochdale has a brain stem tumour.

The growth is just a few millimetres too large to receive NHS funding for Proton Beam Therapy - which is very frustrating for Bodie's parents.

Here's Bodie's dad, Kevin McNulty.

You can learn more about the family's fundraising effort by clicking here.

Rural suicide: Calls for action

There are demands for more mental health support for our region's most isolated workers.

On average an agricultural worker takes their own life every week in the UK. Low pay, social isolation and the pressures of modern farming are being blamed.

We hear from mother Monica Haworth whose son took his own life. She now volunteers for a counselling service.

This report from Ashley Derricott.

Contact the Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy for support

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