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A finger prick is all it takes - HIV Testing Week 18-24 November

HIV test week
HIV test week

Kingston Council is supporting the national HIV testing week campaign: ‘It starts with me’ to encourage people to get tested, treated and protected against HIV.

Kingston’s HIV figures are lower than the London average, but are still considered high, with more than two people infected with HIV for every 1000 adults aged 15-59 years. Between 10 and 20 Kingston residents are newly infected with HIV each year.

Around one quarter of all Kingston’s HIV cases are late diagnoses and although there have been some improvements in diagnosing HIV sooner, there is more to be done. Testing, treating and protecting can save thousands of people from getting HIV every year.

London as a whole has the highest prevalence of HIV in the country and it affects some groups more than others, with Black African communities and men who have sex with men (MSM) more at risk than other groups. During 2016, there was a 29% decrease in London-based MSM diagnosed with HIV, which has been attributed to higher testing rates and prompt access to treatment. 

There is free confidential rapid, finger prick HIV testing in Kingston town centre from 18-25 November at the YES bus, Fife Road, near Sports Direct at the side of the Bentall Centre.

11am - 3pm Monday 20th November
11am – 3pm Tuesday 21st Nov
11am – 3pm Wednesday 22nd Nov
12pm – 7pm Thursday 23rd Nov
11am - 3pm Friday 24th Nov
11am – 5pm Saturday 25th November

If you are unable to attend one of the events, free self-sampling kits to test for HIV at home can be ordered from www.test.hiv

Throughout the year, Kingston has a number of services offering HIV testing including the specialist sexual health service at the Wolverton Centre in Kingston Hospital, community sexual health services run by Your Healthcare CIC, and GP practices. To find a service near you visit www.kingston.gov.uk/sexualhealth or www.startswithme.org.uk.