World AIDS Day 2020

Published: Thursday, November 26, 2020

It’s World AIDS Day on December 1, and the Mayor of Wandsworth has urged Wandsworth residents to get a quick and simple test to check their HIV status.

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Cllr Jane Cooper said: “Last year I got an HIV test, and I asked everyone to do the same. This year it’s more important than ever to look after your health, including your sexual health.

“We still have far too many people being diagnosed too late. So don’t delay – do the test!”

World AIDS Day (WAD) on 1st December, is an opportunity for people all over the world to come together to celebrate the achievements made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to stand in solidarity with those living with HIV and commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

In 2019 1,155 Wandsworth residents aged 15-59 were living with HIV. This is lower than the rest of London, and rates have been falling, but is still higher than the England average. Last year 63 adult Wandsworth residents were newly diagnosed with HIV.

Around one in eight people with HIV don’t know they are infected. Wandsworth Council’s sexual health team is working with NHS partners to make sure residents know about the options available to them to get a free, confidential test.

Wandsworth residents aged over 16 can order free HIV and syphilis tests online. To learn more and to order the kit please https://sh24.org.uk/

Outreach sessions from the council’s partner Spectra are currently suspended, but some face-to-face sessions are expected to resume after December 5. Meanwhile you can order an HIV test that you can do yourself at home. Find out more at https://spectra-london.org.uk/hiv-test/.

Another council partner METRO offers free support to people living with HIV. Visit https://metrocharity.org.uk/

Spectra and METRO are joining forces to host a free webinar on Tuesday 1 December from 1pm- 2.30pm. Called Being Transgender and Living with HIV, it is a chance to discuss the realities of living with HIV as a transgender person. View the webinar here. It will be available to watch at any time after the event here.