Check your status during HIV Testing Week

Published: Thursday 16th November 17

National HIV Testing Week starts on November 18 and people in Wandsworth are being urged to take a quick, simple and free test to check their HIV status.

Early diagnosis and treatment enable people to live a healthy normal life and lower the risk of passing the virus on to anyone else. Checking your HIV status is important for everyone, but particularly so for groups where HIV rates are higher, including men who have sex with men and black African men and women.

The council’s public health department is supporting the national campaign and is working with NHS and community partners to make sure there are a wide range of options for local people to get a free, fast and confidential HIV test.

FREE and confidential HIV testing is available in a range of health settings including GP surgeries and the sexual health service in Balham Health Centre and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton. For information and bookings call 0333 3002100. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday.

Special sessions will also be held during the week at venues across the borough, including the Salvation Army, Wandsworth Oasis, Roehampton University, Tooting Leisure Centre, Battersea Power Station and the Tideway development. For more information call 0800 587 8302 or 020 3322 6920. For details of other events across London visit https://spectra-london.org.uk/all-events/

If you’d rather take the test in the comfort of your own home, you can order a free postal test at the It Starts with Me website.

If you have any questions about national HIV Testing Week, visit hivpreventionengland.org.uk. You can also visit It Starts With Me on Facebook, follow @startwithme on Twitter and tweet using #HIVTestWeek and #imtesting.

For details about sexual health services in Wandsworth visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/sexualhealth

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