Free HIV testing kits will be available in Walsall Hospital’s Main Atrium this World AIDS Day, Friday 1 December, as sexual health staff offer support and raise awareness.
World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.
Walsall integrated Sexual Health (WiSH) outreach staff will also be offering the testing kits at the Lion Bar & Club in Birchills Street that evening.
Colin Morris, WiSH outreach worker, said: “During the recent National HIV Testing Week we spoke to people involved in gay and straight relationships, of all ages, and were able to have discussions around the importance of knowing your status.
“World AIDS Day gives us another opportunity to have these discussions and ensure people have accurate information so they can take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing and be better informed about the health and wellbeing of their loved ones. We have found quite a few people don’t realise that being tested for HIV is such a straightforward process and that kits can be ordered online to do the tests at home.
“It is important for people to know that they can live well with HIV and that diagnosis in the earlier stages of infection can make a huge difference to both their physical and mental health.”
Colin will be in the Main Atrium from 10am to 3pm and at the Lion Bar & Club from 8pm-11.30pm.
Want to take an HIV test at home? Our WiSH website www.walsallsexualhealth.co.uk contains plenty of information about how to order a home testing kit – people just need to make sure they activate the kits, following the instructions provided. Kits are also available from your pharmacist, again, details are on the WiSH website.
Anyone with any queries regarding home HIV testing kit activation can also contact 01922 270554 for assistance.