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National HIV Testing Week, 19 to 25 November 2016
17 November 2016

What is theNational HIV Testing Week?

The HIV testing week is a national initiativethat was launched by Public Health England to help more people to become awareof their HIV status. Campaign events take place from 18 November to 1 December 2016. Nationally, one in four people are unaware of their HIV status. Redbridge has a high number of people diagnosed at a late stage of the infection.

What will behappening in Redbridge?

This year, we are working with a range ofpartners to raise awareness and increase testing locally. Activities will include:

  • Distribution of campaign materials to various services including GPs, pharmacies, schools, colleges and other public venues to raise awareness .
  • Widespread free, confidential and rapid HIV testing offered throughout the borough. This will be delivered by Terrence Higgins Trust’s mobile bus clinic with free condoms, chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening.

The Launch of the National HIV Testing Week willtake place at Redbridge Central Library on Friday 18 November at 6pm.

To find out more information, and to take a test visit the Terrence Higgins Trust website (http://www.tht.org.uk/redbridge) or contact Terrence Higgins Trust on 020 80690100

For other ways toget free and confidential HIV testing go to

  • London online HIV testing Service the website www.freetesting.hiv
  • Integrated Sexual Health Clinic in Redbridge on 01708 503 838 or visithttp://www.bhrhospital.nhs.uk/

What is World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unitein the fight against HIV,show support for those living with HIV and remember those who have died. World AIDS Day is also globally used to raise awareness about HIV transmission.

Although a small number ofRedbridge residents are affected, the number living with HIV in the borough hasincreased by 17 per cent in the last five years and a third of those infected are still unaware of their infection.

HIV infection is considered a chronic lifelong infection. Diagnosing HIV earlyis important as people can access prompt treatment, helping to keep them living longer and reducing the spread of infection. HIV is most commonly passed to another person through unprotected sex.It can also be passed on by sharing infected needles, syringes or othe rinjecting drug equipment, as well as passed from mother to child through breastmilk though this is rare in UK. HIV is not transmitted through contact such as touching, sharing cutlery, spitting or kissing.

There is effective HIV treatmentfreely available and many people with HIV now live longer and independently through the treatment, care and support provided by various local services.

In commemoration of this day, the London Borough of Redbridge, through our provider Terrence Higgins Trust,willbe hosting an event at the Redbridge Central library on the 1 December2016 from 6pm to 9pm.

For more information visit http://www.tht.org.uk/redbridge or http: // www.positiveeast.org.uk

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