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National HIV Testing Week comes to Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 09:51 14 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:51 14 November 2016

Staff at the new office of the Terrence Higgins Trust in Ilford.

Staff at the new office of the Terrence Higgins Trust in Ilford.

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As part of National HIV Testing Week, residents across the borough are being encouraged to take a greater interest in their sexual health.

Launched by Public Health England, the HIV testing week, which runs from November 19th, is a national initiative to help more people to become aware of their HIV status.

Nationally, one in four people are unaware of their HIV status, with Redbridge having a higher than average number of people diagnosed at a late stage of infection.

With that in mind, the borough is launching National HIV Testing Week at Redbridge Central Library on Friday November 18 at 6.00pm, working with a range of partners to raise awareness and increase testing locally.

During the week, the Terrence Higgins Trust Redbridge HIV prevention team will be running a range of activities including a mobile bus clinic throughout the borough.

The mobile clinic will feature a clinic space where rapid HIV tests (with results in less than 60 seconds) will be carried out confidentially by an expert assistant practitioner. It will also provide condoms, chlamydia and gonorrhea screening.

To find out more information and keep track of the bus’s location over the course of the week, visit the Terrence Higgins Trust website.

The HIV testing by the mobile clinic sits alongside testing which is already being offered by some local GPs in Redbridge and also in the community by the Terence Higgins Trust.

For more information about HIV testing in Redbridge contact the Terrence Higgins Trust on 020 8069 0100. You can also contact the Sexual Health Clinic in Redbridge on 01708 503 838 or visit Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trust’s website.


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