Manchester Centre for Sexual Health marks National HIV Testing Week with increased rapid testing clinics in Manchester
The Manchester Centre for Sexual Health is planning a
number of events in Manchester to mark the third annual National
HIV Testing Week (22nd -
National HIV Testing Week was
established by HIV Prevention England in 2012, in a bid to reduce
high levels of undiagnosed and late-diagnosed HIV among gay and
bisexual men and Africans in England. In 2013, there were 2113
people living with HIV in the local authority of Manchester.
It is estimated that an additional one fifth of this number remain
undiagnosed and are therefore more likely to pass the virus on
To raise awareness there will be
more opportunities to get tested during the week, with extended
clinic times in two central locations.
Firstly, there will be an extended
rapid HIV testing clinic at The Lesbian and Gay Foundation,
Richmond Street, on Wednesday 26th November between
12-6pm.There will also be a daily rapid clinic at the MCSH in the
The week of awareness will draw to a close with World AIDS Day
on 1st December, when the team will part of a team of
people running a stand in the Atrium of Manchester Royal Infirmary
to raise awareness.
Dr Ash Sukthanker, Clinical Lead
for Specialist Medicine at Central Manchester Foundation Trust
"We're getting involved in this year's National HIV Testing Week
to help get the message out across Greater Manchester the
importance of diagnosing HIV early.
"HIV treatment is now so advanced
that if diagnosed early, someone with HIV can still enjoy a full
and healthy life.
"We'd encourage those who think
they may have been exposed to HIV to come along and take advantage
of one of our clinics this week."
To get involved in this year's
National HIV Testing Week, visit www.StartsWithMe.org.uk.
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