How we started
Originally set up in in 2012 to celebrate the achievements of NAZ, the nOCSARS has grown to become the largest awards ceremony in the country to highlight the programmes, people and media making a difference in BAME communities, to challenge HIV and homophobic stigma.
Underneath the laughter, acceptance speeches and glamour are the statistics. They provide a sobering reality of why the nOSCARS are needed; to highlight the significant gap between the sexual health outcomes of BAME communities compared to the general population.
In 2014, 58% of people of African heritage tested late for HIV – (PHE 2015). It is important to keep this and other sexual health statistics as the real headlines for this event, because when the party is over the real work begins across the sector to change this.