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Free HIV checks for Buck Uni Students today

It's all part of National HIV Testing Week

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 6:14am 22nd November 2017. 3-minute read.

Free HIV checks for Buck Uni Students today

Free and confidential HIV checks are being offered at Buckingham Uni today.

The quick tests by 'bSHaw' - a sexual health charity in Bucks - are aimed at detecting the condition early.

43% of people who found out they had the virus in the county in 2016 were diagnosed late - meaning the virus has already started to damage the immune system.

Noel Brown's from Buckinghamshire County Council and is Cabinet Member for Community Engagement & Public Health. He says that number needs to go down;

"Although there have been great advances in the treatments available to help people who are living with HIV, early diagnosis is absolutely critical."

"No one is going to judge or cause embarrassment, and testing is quick and confidential - so I'd like to encourage anyone who may have been at risk to use the opportunity of this HIV Testing Week to get tested."

National HIV Testing Week is run by Terrence Higgins Trust locally on behalf of Bucks County Council and National HIV Prevention England.

Nigel French is HIV and Sexual Health Practitioner at Terrence Higgins Trust. He says;

"We're really excited about National HIV Testing Week, and encourage anyone who might be at risk to come and get a free, confidential test, and get your result in less than 15 minutes." 

"Today, 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 is nothing to be feared."

Local people across Buckinghamshire can also take a free and confidential HIV test at any local bSHaW sexual health clinic.

To find your nearest clinic, go to the service finder on : www.sexualhealthbucks.nhs.uk

To support the National HIV Testing Week, Public Health England (PHE) will fund all requests for HIV self-sampling kits made to the national service from 6 November 2017 until 8 January 2017. Visit www.freetesting.hiv

Young people aged between 15 and 24 will also be encouraged to have a free chlamydia test at the event to help combat what is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection.

Free chlamydia postal kits are also available online by visiting www.sexualhealthbucks.nhs.uk and clicking on 'I need a postal chlamydia kit'.

 

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