National HIV Testing Week - 17th to 23rd November
Give HIV the finger: a finger-prick test is all it takes
HIV remains a serious public health issue for London and National HIV Testing Week is a campaign to promote regular testing among the most-affected population groups. It seeks to reduce the rates of undiagnosed people and those diagnosed late. HIV testing week is a national initiative to help more people to become aware of their HIV status. You can only be certain you have HIV by having an HIV test. An early test helps to ensure you are treated early, avoid becoming ill and avoid passing the infection to others
Nationally, one in four people are unaware of their HIV status. Redbridge has a high number of people diagnosed at a late stage of the infection.
What will be happening?
This year, London Borough of Redbridge through its provider, Terrence Higgins’ Trust will be running a mobile bus clinic throughout the borough from Saturday 17th November for five days. The mobile clinic will feature a separate clinic space where rapid HIV tests (with results in less than 60 seconds) will be carried out confidentially by an expert as well as HIV information.
You will be able to keep track of the bus’s location via the Terrence Higgins Trust website or call on 020 8069 0100.
For other ways to get free and confidential HIV testing go to:
- Free online HIV testing, freetesting.hiv
- Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Trust (BHRUT), Outpatients East, Barking Hospital, Upney Lane, 020 8924 6571/020 8924 6547
Furthermore, World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for those living with HIV and remember those who have died. For further details go visit the Terrence Higgins Trust website.