National HIV Testing Week launches in Hertfordshire with free HIV testing events across the county.
National HIV Testing Week kicks off on 19th November across Hertfordshire with a focus on reducing late diagnosis of HIV in the county.
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Hertfordshire has a late diagnosis rate of 48.9% which is above the national average. Herts Aid, a local HIV and sexual health charity will be offering events and opportunities to test for people living in Hertfordshire. Testing is free, fast and confidential and gives instant results.
The team at Herts Aid are now urging local residents to take up the opportunity to have a test and know their HIV status.
Testing for HIV puts you in control and, thanks to treatment, will stop you from getting seriously ill, enable you to live a normal lifespan and prevent you from passing the virus on to anyone else.
National HIV Testing Week, which starts on 19 th November, is run by Terrence Higgins Trust on behalf of HIV Prevention England. Herts Aid is a local activation partner for HIV Prevention England. The week encourages people to take a painless, simple and quick test, particularly those most at-risk of HIV, including men who have sex with men and black African people.
Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Localism and Libraries, Teresa Heritage said: “Helping our residents to lead longer, happier and healthier lives really matters to us. This is why we are investing in local sexual health services, including making it as easy as possible for people to get HIV tested.
“We know that the sooner someone with HIV starts treatment, the better it is for their health, but keeping an eye on our sexual health is often something we ignore. It’s really important to get tested and there are many ways of doing this in Hertfordshire – I would urge anyone who thinks they might be at risk to contact Herts Aid today to get advice.”
Suzanne Bannister, Executive Director of Herts Aid, said
“We’re really excited to reach our target of testing 200 people here in Hertfordshire this week, and we encourage anyone who might be at risk to come and get a free, confidential test, and get your result in less than 15 minutes.
Today, if you test positive, effective treatment means you can live as long as anyone else, and when the amount of the virus in your blood is reduced to undetectable levels, this means you
cannot pass on HIV. Testing puts you in control and is nothing to be feared.”
For more information about National HIV Testing Week, go to: startswithme.