In support of the National HIV Testing Week, starting Saturday 18th November, Public Health England is funding all requests for HIV self-sampling kits across England.
From Monday 6th November 2017 to 8th January 2018, those who are considered to be most at risk of contracting HIV will be able to order a free HIV self-testing kit which will be delivered direct to their door.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) attacks the immune system and weakens the body’s ability to fight infections and disease. HIV is most commonly caught by having sex without a condom, by sharing infected needles and from a HIV-positive mother to her child during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.
Around 13% of those living with HIV do not know they have it. Currently, there is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments to enable people with the virus to live a long and healthy life, the sooner someone gets treatment for the virus, the better it is for their health.
People can order their free HIV test from http://spectrumhealth.org.uk/campaigns/hiv-testing-week-2017/. Once ordered, the test will arrive within a few days in a small and discreet white plastic bag; there are no identifying marks or logos. The test will arrive with all the equipment you need to be able to provide a sample to send back. Usually results are given within a few days.
If you have any other questions about the HIV self-test, you can visit the website: https://www.test.hiv/faqs. If you, or someone you know, are worried about taking a HIV test, Spectrum’s sexual health clinics offer support and advice people may feel they need before taking the test, and all conversations are strictly confidential and non-judgmental. Give them a call today:
Wakefield Trinity Walk Clinic: 0800 121 4860
Barnsley Gateway Plaza Clinic: 0800 055 6442
Find out what you can do to take part in National HIV Testing Week 2017: https://www.hivpreventionengland.org.uk/campaigns/national-hiv-testing-week/.