On February 21st, HIV and sexual health charity Herts Aid is launching a new HIV testing service at its office on Baldock Street in Ware.
The confidential Saturday drop-in service will run once a month from 11am – 2pm and offers rapid HIV ‘finger prick’ testing with results available within minutes.
The service will be open on February 21st, March 21st, April 18th, May 16th and June 20th. People who are interested in taking a test can either make an appointment or just drop in on the day.
Currently, thousands of people in the UK have HIV but don’t know it. In Hertfordshire, over half of those newly diagnosed with HIV are diagnosed late, when the virus is already affecting their immune system. However, people who are diagnosed with HIV promptly can now expect a near normal life span due to advances in treatments for the condition.
Suzanne Bannister, Director of Herts Aid said: “Many sexual health clinics only open on weekdays which can make it difficult for some people to attend. We wanted to offer a weekend option for those who have considered taking a test, but have been put off because clinic times don’t suit them. If you’d like to know your HIV status, or you’re worried you might have put yourself at risk, please come along. Our staff are friendly, the service is confidential and you’ll get your results straight away.”
The finger prick test can give an initial result in approximately 5 minutes. If HIV antibodies are detected, Herts Aid will arrange a follow up test with a local sexual health clinic to confirm the result. The individual will also be given information on HIV and support to adjust to their diagnosis.
The new service will take place at the Herts Aid office in Ware – York House, 45 Baldock Street, Ware, SG12 9DH. Herts Aid also has an office in Watford.
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Herts Aid is commissioned by Hertfordshire County Council to provide local sexual health promotion and HIV prevention services. The services developed aim to meet local needs and support Hertfordshire’s Sexual Health Strategy 2014-2019.