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Get tested and help stop the spread of HIV say health chiefs

Still too many people are unaware that they are living with HIV and those who are at risk of infection should take the opportunity to be tested.

If untreated, HIV can do unseen damage to your immune system, and may mean you transmit HIV to someone you care about.

Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 November 2014 is National HIV Testing Week and to support this, we are inviting people to come and get tested. In addition to the usual services, there are four extra sessions being held in Kingston where residents can get a ‘point of care’ test. These are free, totally confidential and can provide results in 15 minutes.

Where someone is found to have HIV, they will receive full support and all treatment needed to control it.

Councillor Julie Pickering, Lead Member for Health and Social Care said:

“Getting the test is important, and essential for preventing the spread of HIV.

“There are approximately 21,900 people in the UK living with HIV who do not know they have it. Since these people are unaware, they are not accessing treatment and care.

“Their long-term health is at a risk and, unknowingly, they remain the biggest source for onward transmission.

“The good news is that with your support we can drive down undiagnosed HIV and reduce the spread of this disease.

"I urge people who have not been tested to take this opportunity and help us control this illness."

London has some of the highest rates of HIV infection in England and our Public Health Team has made tackling the problem one of its priorities.

Testing events

Saturday 22 November 2014

10am to 4pm at United Reform Church, Kingston

Tuesday 25 November 2014

10am to 4pm aboard the YoungLivin' Bus, in Kingston Town Centre outside Accessorize

Thursday 27 November 2014

10am to 7pm aboard the YoungLivin' Bus, in Kingston Town Centre outside Accessorize

Saturday 29 November 2014

10am to 4pm aboard the YoungLivin' Bus, in Kingston Town Centre outside Accessorize