HIV Testing Week 2022
National HIV testing Week is an annual event to help promote HIV testing and encourage people to think about their HIV status.
We want people to think about their HIV status, prevention and risks all year around , but HIV Testing Week helps promote and normalise testing and reduce anxieties, fears and stigma of HIV. We want to encourage people to adopt HIV testing as part of their regular Sexual Health and Wellbeing check up.
Testing is easy, free and really accessible, and if you have never been tested you can’t be sure of your HIV status. Negative. Positive. Untested ?
Testing for HIV and promoting testing to friends , colleagues , partners, family helps increase awareness and will help to reduce the number of people living with undiagnosed HIV and those diagnosed late.
HIV Testing week is the perfect time to Get Tested ! Freetesting HIV | Free HIV Kits for Self-testing at Home
Sexual Health Wirral offers choices for HIV testing. Our free discreet and easy to use postal test kits are really popular , but we understand a postal test option is not right for everybody.
During HIV Testing Week 2022 we will be offering face to face appointments at our clinic for HIV testing. These slots are limited and are strictly by appointment only.
Wirral postal HIV test service
Follow this link for free and discreet HIV postal test kits
HIV testing face to face
Face to face appointments for HIV testing will be available from Monday 7th to Thursday 10th February 2022 at Gemini Centre, St Catherine’s Health Centre , Birkenhead , CH420LQ.
Our sessions are by appointment only. Please call 0300 123 5474 to book your HIV test slot. (lines open Mon-Fr 8am – 6pm)
Other choices for HIV Testing in Wirral
In Wirral there are many ways you can get tested for HIV , as well as our test options via postal kit or in clinic , you can access testing through HIV services in the community including venues and sessions provided by Sahir House
Why is HIV testing so important ?
HIV testing is crucial to ending new HIV transmissions in England by 2030, so we want everybody to play their part in this important health initiative. Testing during HIV testing week is a great time to plan the test you have been thinking about.
1 in 20 people with HIV are unaware they have it, increasing the risk of passing HIV on to sexual partners.
In 2020, 42% of people first diagnosed in England were diagnosed late. This means that effective treatment started later and may have impacted on poorer long-term health outcomes. In simple terms, the sooner you know if you have contracted HIV, the sooner you can start treatment to help manage the condition/virus and be monitored and managed care by specialist clinical teams.
People can live with HIV for a long time without any symptoms, so testing is the only way to know your HIV status. If you have HIV, finding out means you can start effective free treatment sooner, stay healthy and avoid passing the virus on to anyone else. Read more about living with HIV here .