National HIV Testing Week [#HIVTestWeek] starts on Saturday 17th November and aims to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS. It is a national campaign to encourage people to get tested for HIV regularly to reduce the number of people who are diagnosed late or remain undiagnosed.
Out of the 100,000 people in the UK with HIV, 1 in 4 of those do not realise they are HIV positive, which is why it is so important to make sure everyone gets tested to know their status.
Last year, 43% of people were diagnosed late. The only means to address this issue is to increase awareness of the importance of HIV testing.
If you have HIV for a long time without knowing, it can damage your health and shorten your life. It’s a good idea to test at least once a year (or more if you have unprotected sex with more than one partner). Early detection can give you a better quality of life and reduce the spread of the disease.
At Fleet Street Clinic, we have Instant HIV tests available which can provide you with results within a 15minute nurse appointment. The test is a simple blood test done via a needle prick to the finger. It is a very simple process with extremely accurate results.
For HIV testing week we’re launching our ‘So quick you can do whilst grabbing a coffee’ campaign [PDF] to highlight just how quickly an HIV test can be. We want to encourage all to make time to find out their HIV status.
We offer a number of HIV Tests which can be performed in the clinic in 15 minutes. You can be tested for HIV from as early as 28 days post-contact.
Appointments can be made with either a male or female doctor.
Your privacy will be strictly protected.
For more information or to make a sexual health appointment get in touch.
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