Check your status during HIV testing week

Release Date: 17 November 2017

National HIV testing week starts on Saturday 18 November and Richmond Council is encouraging residents to check their HIV status.

The test is free, quick and simple. The confidential service is available in a range of health settings including GP surgeries and the sexual health service at the Teddington Health and Social Care Centre and the Sheen Lane Health Centre.

Additional checks will be run by Spectra at The Vineyard, Richmond, on Wednesday 22 November and at Heatham House, Twickenham, on Friday 24 November and on Friday 1 December. You’ll also be able to get a check at York House on 28 November from 8am to 12 noon, 29 November from 2.30 to 5pm, and on 30 November from 9am to 12.30pm.

Checking your HIV status is important for everyone, but particularly so for groups where HIV rates are higher, including men who have sex with men, and black African men and women.

Cllr Mark Boyle, Cabinet Member for Housing, Public Health and Community Safety, said:

“Early diagnosis and treatment of HIV enable people to live a normal, healthy life and lowers the risk of passing the virus onto to anyone else.

“The council’s public health department is supporting the national campaign and is working with the NHS and community partners to make sure there are a wide range of ways for local people to get a free, fast and confidential HIV test.”

For more information about the free and confidential service or to book, please call 0333 300 2100 from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.

If you have any questions about National HIV Testing Week, visit the HIV Prevention England website.

Find out more about about sexual health services in Richmond.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Lyle Skipsey on 020 8487 5182. 

Reference: P536/17

Updated: 1 December 2017