Local sexual health professionals are encouraging people living in Stoke-on-Trent to take a free and quick HIV test during National HIV Testing Week. According to Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s leading HIV charity, an estimated 1 in 7 people living with HIV in the UK don’t know they have it.
National HIV Testing Week 2017 starts on Saturday 18 November and is closely followed by World AIDS Day, which takes place on Friday 1 December.
The Sexual Health Team at Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust are hosting a number of drop-in sessions throughout the week, where people can get a confidential HIV test. Drop-ins will be held at a number of fire stations across the city as well as local community groups and town centres. The test is a simple fingerprick test and provides results in just 20 minutes.
Zoe Holdcroft, Sexual Health Project Worker said: “There is estimated to be around 60 people living with HIV in Stoke-on-Trent who aren’t aware they have it. Over HIV Testing week we are taking free 20 minute testing out to as many places across Stoke-on-Trent as we can, covering day and early evening.
“It’s important to know your HIV status so you are able to make informed choices around your treatment and preventing further transmission. If you haven’t had a test for a while, never have, or have a new sexual partner then come and see us at one of our drop-ins over the week and get your results in just 20 minutes. You can find all our testing spots and FAQs around HIV on our website, take a look and come and see our team.”
Throughout the year, rapid HIV fingerprick testing drop-ins are available on the last Wednesday and Thursday of every month at The Piccadilly Centre in Hanley. A comprehensive sexual health screen is available at Cobridge Community Health Centre all year round which includes HIV testing. Rapid HIV tests are also available at the Cobridge sexual health clinic.
For a full list of list of HIV fingerprick testing drop-ins, please visit www.20mintesting.co.uk
Can't make one of our HIV testing drop-ins? You can order a free postal test here.