Date of release: 22 November 2016
Embrace Sexual Health Service, run by The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, is supporting the national campaign to raise awareness of HIV testing.
National HIV Testing Week 2016 is running from 19th – 25th November 2016 and encourages people to get tested for HIV.
Anyone who is sexually active is encouraged to get tested with the aim to help reduce the number of people with undiagnosed HIV in the city.
HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system and weakens your ability to fight infections and disease. Although there is no cure for HIV, treatments are now very effective, enabling people with HIV to live long and healthy lives.
Dr Radhika McCathie, Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine, for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said “Testing for HIV, and encouraging your friends to test too, really does help save lives. A combination of regular testing, HIV treatment and condom use is the key to winning the fight against HIV.”
“We would encourage anyone who would like to take a HIV test, or has a general concern about their sexual health, to contact Embrace on 01902 695000 or Terrence Higgins Trust (Wolverhampton) on 01902 711 818 for free, friendly and confidential advice.”
During the week Terrence Higgins Trust Wolverhampton, the HIV and sexual health charity, will be offering rapid testing for HIV where results can be given back on the same day as well as testing for other sexually transmitted infections.
- Daily Testing (appointment only) 9:30am – 5:00pm – 242-244 Bond House, Bond Street Wolverhampton, WV24AS
- Walk-In Clinic on Wednesday 23rd November (12:00pm – 8:00pm) - no appointment required - 242-244 Bond House, Bond Street Wolverhampton, WV24AS
- Walk-In Clinic on Wednesday 23rd November (1.00pm – 4.00pm) – no appointment required – The Fowler Centre, Building 3, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton
- Walk-In Clinic on Thursday 24th November (08:30 – 3:00pm) - no appointment required - 242-244 Bond House, Bond Street Wolverhampton, WV24AS
The fear of receiving bad news, as well as the perceived stigma associated with HIV and AIDS, can prevent people from being tested. However, Dr McCathie said “If you are HIV positive, the sooner you take that test and are diagnosed, the sooner you can receive the healthcare and support you need and live a healthy life.”
Find out more about HIV symptoms, testing and treatment, as well as further resources of information and support visit www.nhs.uk.