National HIV Testing Week: Give HIV the finger

(Last Updated On: January 26, 2021)

National HIV Testing Week runs from Monday 1st February to Sunday 7th February, with a focus on testing at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team at The Eddystone Trust in Torbay are now urging local residents to find out their status by ordering a finger prick test which is quick and easy to use.

Self-test kits can be order by visiting the following link

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 it to anyone else.

Lockdown has meant that most people have had fewer sexual partners, if any at all, and now is the perfect time to be sure you know your HIV status.

The week encourages people to have a free, quick and confidential HIV test, particularly those in groups most affected by HIV, including gay and bisexual men and black African men and women.

James Mead, Development Lead for Prevention at The Eddystone Trust, said: This National HIV Testing Week we’re encouraging our supporters to get tested for HIV from the comfort of their own homes.’

‘Testing from home is the safest option for us all. You can order a FREE HIV self-test kit straight to your door, equipped with detail instructions on how to use. Getting tested regularly should be something we’re all doing in order to protect ourselves.

‘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 isn’t something to be afraid of.’

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