National HIV Testing Week (NHTW) runs from the 21st – 28th November 2015. The week aims to raise awareness of the importance of HIV testing to communities where there is a high prevalence of HIV, such as men who have sex with men (MSM) and members of black African communities.
The Sussex Beacon is supporting National HIV Testing Week by promoting testing events through social media.
Simon Dowe, Chief Executive at The Sussex Beacon says:
“We are supporting National HIV Testing Week by posting messages on our Facebook page and Twitter feed to help people living in Brighton to find out where they can have a HIV test. A range of services are providing extra clinics during the week and we want to support people to access information easily using social media to help them make the decision to have a HIV test.”
The theme of the week is ‘I’m testing’. This message is to emphasise the importance of taking personal responsibility for HIV testing to protect your own health and to reduce the spread of HIV in our communities.
Peter Kyle, MP for Hove and Portslade said:
“National HIV Testing Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of HIV in Brighton and Hove and encourage people to have a HIV test. Today if someone is diagnosed with HIV and accessing specialist care and treatment we are looking at a normal life
expectancy. This is a significant step forward in the last 20 years. It is great to see The Sussex Beacon supporting National HIV Testing Week as well as providing support and care all year round for people living with HIV.”
To find out more about HIV, and testing, visit the NHIVTW website at www.startswithme.org.uk There is a ‘Where to Test’ tool listing a range of services which will be providing testing throughout the week.