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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 - 30th November).

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 unwittingly.

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 Hathersage Centre.

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 said:
"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. Please follow the Manchester Centre for Sexual Health on Twitter for regular updates @MCSHatCMFT.


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