Follow That Van! HIV testing bus rolls into Redbridge
PUBLISHED: 17:30 21 December 2017
More than 160 people in Redbridge recently discovered their HIV status thanks to a mobile testing bus – with over half of those testing for HIV for the very first time.
The Terrence Higgins Trust was out and about across Redbridge to encourage people to get tested and know their status for National HIV Testing Week.
In the borough, 47 percent of all those diagnosed with HIV are diagnosed late, which is after the virus has already begun to damage the immune system and increasing the chances of HIV being unwittingly passed on.
The testing bus made stops in Goodmayes, Chadwell Heath, Hainault and parked up in Tesco and Sainsbury’s to offer testing to customers and passers-by.
Over the course of the week, 166 people tested for HIV and 57pc of those did so for the very first time.
Jennifer Ogundemuren, Community Engagement Officer at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “It was brilliant to take HIV testing on the road to mark this year’s National HIV Testing Week and get more people testing in Redbridge – with many testing for the very first time.
“If you have HIV, you need to know about it so that you can access treatment to protect your health and stop you from passing on HIV.
“We’re in Redbridge all year round, so we hope that anyone who saw the bus but didn’t get tested will come in and see us soon.
“A HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence and people living with HIV can live long, healthy lives thanks to treatment.”
Terrence Higgins Trust in Redbridge is based at Olympic House, 2nd Floor, 28-42 Clements Road, Ilford, IG1 1BA.
The opening hours are 9.30am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday, and you can contact them on 020 8069 0100.