Getting tested for HIV can seem a bit daunting, but it's actually quick and easy. Here are 5 reasons you should get tested for HIV at one of our drop in sessions:
(Visit www.20mintesting.co.uk to see when the next drop in sessions are)
1. It only takes 20 minutes for your results to come back
Gone are the days where you would wait weeks for a letter to come through your door - we have rapid HIV testing drop ins with results in 20 minutes. Our drop ins are in Hanley on the last Wednesday and Thursday of every month, and our team are super friendly and non-judgemental so you'll always receive a warm welcome!
2. It's just a little prick!
In our HIV testing drop ins, we don't need a huge amount of blood from you, so all we need to do is prick your finger. It's pretty painless, and over in about half a second, so no excuses!
3. Men who have sex with men are more at risk
Statistically speaking, HIV is one of the more prevalent sexually transmitted infections amongst men who have sex with men. HIV Aware's statistics show:
In 2014 there were 3,360 new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men — the highest number ever recorded in a year
1 in 20 gay men in the UK is living with HIV
4. You might not realise you have it
After 2-3 weeks after infection, symptoms (fever, rash and severe sore throat all occurring together around ten days after infection) may vanish and someone living with HIV may be unaware they have it for years. 70-90% of people experience symptoms of early HIV infection but some do not experience any. According to HIV Aware, 1 in 4 people living with HIV is unaware they have it - don't be one of these people, get tested!
5. If you do have HIV, treatment is fantastic these days
There is no 'cure' yet, but treatment means you can live a long and happy life. In fact, for someone diagnosed with HIV today at 35 (the average age of diagnosis in the UK) life expectancy is over 72. The most common treatment, is 1-2 pills a day, so the treatment side of things shouldn't affect your day-to-day life.
Visit www.20mintesting.co.uk to see when the next drop in sessions are.
Watch our HIV testing demonstration video below!