Did you know that an estimated 13% of people with HIV do not know that they are carrying the virus?
Plymouth-based charity, the Eddystone Trust, is encouraging people to get tested as part of National HIV Testing Week. It is holding a number of drop-in sessions across the West Country.
- Gloucester Fri 24th November at Cityworks
- Gloucester Mon 27th November at Homeless Healthcare
- Bath Sat 25th November at Rainbow Cafe
- Weston-Super-Mare Sat 25th November aboard Wellbeing Bus
- Frome Thur 23rd November at Frome Medical Centre
- Bridgwater Fri 24th November at East Quay Medical Centre
- Torquay Thur 23rd November at Endeavour House and Croft Road Surgery
- Plymouth Thur 23rd November at Plymouth University Medical Centre and the LGBT Society of Plymouth University
- Plymouth Fri 24th November at The Swallow Pub
Testing at the sessions involves a simple finger prick. It is (relatively) painless, confidential and free. It is also fast and simple. The Eddystone Trust wants everyone to "Give HIV the finger", a campaign backed by Prince Harry.
People can also test at home using either a postal test or a self test but make sure the kits have an approved UK 'CE' mark.
Free HIV postal test kits are available until 4th January 2018 for all gay & bisexual men, black Africans and people who have a partner from a high prevalence country.
- Order a free HIV test kit here
The charity says it is a good idea to get tested regularly.
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