The Sexual Health Prevention Team in Stoke-on-Trent have added extra HIV testing drop-in sessions in May to encourage people to get tested. People can take a quick fingerprick test, which takes just 20 minutes to give results, to ensure they know their HIV status. The service is free and confidential and people can pick up some free condoms and lube at the testing drop-ins too if they wish.
The drop-in sessions will be held at The Piccadilly Centre in Hanley (ST1 1HR) and the times and dates of the drop-ins are as follows:
Monday 21st May - 10am-3pm
Tuesday 22nd May - 10am-3pm
Wednesday 23rd May - 10am-3pm
Thursday 24th May - 2pm-3pm
Friday 25th May - 10am-3pm
Wednesday 30th May - 5pm-8pm
Thursday 31st May - 5pm-8pm
Zoe Holdcroft, the team’s HIV lead, said “Our team are on a mission to make HIV testing as easy to access as possible so we decided to add a few extra drop-ins during May so people can get tested before summer! An early diagnosis is so important because then you can have access to great treatment ensuring you can live a long and healthy life.”
She added “Many people still don’t know that people on effective HIV treatment can’t pass it on to partners, but that’s how far treatment has come, and that’s why it’s so important to get tested. Please do come along if you’ve not had a test since your last sexual partner; it’s free, fast and friendly!”
Find more information on the drop-ins and a demonstration video of the test at www.20mintesting.co.uk.
Read up more on how people on effective HIV treatment can’t pass the virus on here.