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Terrence Higgins Trust Marks National HIV Testing Week

HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust will run HIV testing clinics across Bristol and the surrounding areas in an effort to increase the number of locals getting tested during England’s third annual National HIV Testing Week.

National HIV Testing Week was established by Terrence Higgins Trust and HIV Prevention England in 2012, in a bid to reduce high levels of un-diagnosed and late-diagnosed HIV in England. There are more people living with HIV than ever before in Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. In 2012, there were an estimated 2,073 people living with HIV in the area. One in five (22%) of these people were un-diagnosed.

As part of the week, running from 22nd to 30th November, the charity has arranged further testing sessions in addition to their Bristol centre’s typical hours.

National HIV Testing Week was established by Terrence Higgins Trust and HIV Prevention England in 2012, in a bid to reduce high levels of un-diagnosed and late-diagnosed HIV in England. There are more people living with HIV than ever before in Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. In 2012, there were an estimated 2,073 people living with HIV in the area. One in five (22%) of these people were un-diagnosed.

People can attend any of the following sessions:

Monday 24th November 5pm – 7.30pm

Terrence Higgins Trust, Aled Richard Centre, 8-10 West Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0BH

Wednesday 26th November 3pm – 5pm

Frome Medical Practice MASH Clinic, Enos Way, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2FH

Thursday 27th November 2.30pm – 5pm

Bath Riverside CASH Clinic, James Street West, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2BT

 

The free and confidential HIV tests at the clinics are administered using a finger-prick blood test, and results are available within fifteen minutes. Anyone who tests positive will be immediately referred to a specialist clinic. Terrence Higgins Trust staff members at the events will distribute free condoms and can provide information and advice on safer sex. Clinics outside Terrence Higgins Trust’s Bristol centre will only provide HIV tests, but the centre will also offer a full range of tests for other sexually transmitted infections including: HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and C, Gonorrhoea, and Chlamydia.

Bonnie Holt, Community Support Co-ordinator at Terrence Higgins Trust’s Bristol centre, said: “We’re aware that a high number of HIV transmissions occur because people don’t know they have the virus. We hope to decrease those rates by getting everyone at risk tested. A test is as quick and easy as a finger-prick, so come to one of our events and be sure of your status.”

People can attend any of the local testing clinics with no appointment necessary. People can also contact the Bristol centre to book an appointment at an alternative time by calling (0117) 955 1000 or emailing info.bristol@tht.org.uk

For people living in rural areas of Somerset & Wiltshire, you can locate your nearest clinic using the THT Website


 

Somerset Health Services are also assisting with clinics during National Testing Week at the following venues :

• Monday 24th November:  Williton Surgery Robert Street, Williton (1pm-6.30pm)

• Tuesday 25th November: Crown Medical Practice, Venture Way, Taunton 8.30-11.30am and Axbridge Surgery, Houlgate Way, Axbridge (12.30-6pm)

• Wednesday 26th November: Chard Tawstock Surgery, 7 High Street St, Chard (1-5pm); Frome Medical Practice (MASH Clinic) Enos Way Frome (3-5pm)

• Thursday 27th November: Glastonbury Surgery, Feversham Lane (8.30-12.30pm) and Street Vine Surgery, Hindhayes Lane, Street (1-6.30pm)

• Friday 28th November: Cannington Surgery, Mill Lane, Cannington (12.30pm-6pm)