National HIV Testing Week | Test, Treat and Protect

Posted on behalf of Staffordshire Sexual Health Charity

We can stop HIV – It Starts With Me 

National HIV Testing Week kicks off in England today, Monday 7 February. Working with partner organisations across the country, The Terrence Higgins Trust with Health Prevention England are leading the campaign to get as many people to test as possible – a key step to ending new HIV transmissions in the UK by 2030.

Test, treat and protect.

The number of people diagnosed with HIV fell by a third between 2019 and 2020, but there is still work to do:
1 in 20 people with HIV are unaware they have it, increasing the risk of passing HIV on to sexual partners.

Key campaign messages include:

  • Testing for HIV is quick and easy, all it takes is a finger-prick test. 
  •  People can live with HIV for a long time without any symptoms, testing is the only way to know your HIV status. 
  •  If you have HIV, finding out means you can start treatment, stay healthy and avoid passing the virus on to anyone else. 
  •  There are many ways to test – at a sexual health clinic, your GP, through HIV and sexual health charities or by ordering a test online.  
  •  Anyone diagnosed with HIV in the UK can access free treatment and support. 

“Give HIV the finger: a finger prick is all it takes”

Order a free postal test and receive your result by textFreetesting HIV | Free HIV Kits for Self-testing at Home 

Or visit https://www.tht.org.uk for more information

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