Get checked during HIV Testing Week

Release Date: 12 November 2018

Next week (17-24 November) is National HIV Testing Week and the Council is calling on people in the borough who may be at risk to get themselves checked.

Anyone who lives in Richmond upon Thames can get a free, fast, confidential HIV test with results in 20 minutes.

Checks are taking place at:

  • The Vineyard Community Centre on 28 November, 9:45 to 11am
  • Richmond Civic Centre (York House) on 26 November, 10am to 12 noon
  • Richmond Civic Centre (York House) on 23 November, 11.30am to 3pm
  • Richmond Civic Centre (York House) on 30 November, 11.30am to 3pm

Around one in four people with HIV do not know that they are living with HIV, partly because it is not always accompanied by obvious symptoms. Men who have sex with men (MSM) and black African people are the two groups that continue to carry a disproportionate burden of the HIV epidemic in England.

HIV tests are available without appointment at any of the following local hospitals:

Hospital Phone Website
Sexual Health Hounslow, West Middlesex Hospital 020 8321 5718

www.sexualhealthhounslow.org.uk

Wolverton Centre, Kingston Hospital 020 8974 9331 www.sexualhealthkingston.co.uk
Roehampton Clinic, Queen Mary's Hospital 020 8487 6861  

For general information about sexual health services including HIV testing, please visit www.swish.nhs.uk or call the National Sexual Health Helpline on 0800 567 123 (Free helpline is open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, and weekends 9am to 8pm)

You can check availability by visiting the Spectra London website.

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: P554/18

Updated: 14 August 2019