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13 November 2019

HIV tests for World AIDS day

World AIDS Day is on 1 December each year. Not everybody is equipped with the facts on how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a life-changing reality for people living with HIV.  KCHFT Sexual Health Team is here to support the fight to stop HIV and to combat stigma for those already living with it.  We are out on the road offering FREE HIV tests in the run up to World AIDs Day. Why?

Test

It’s a good idea to test at least once a year. Test negative and end worries and doubt. Test positive and you can enjoy a long, healthy life – by testing early and starting treatment in time.

Treat

The sooner someone with HIV starts treatment, the better it is for their health. Treatment can also reduce the amount of HIV in the body to levels at which HIV cannot be passed on.

Protect

Most new infections come from unprotected sex with someone who doesn’t know they have HIV – so aren’t on medication and aren’t undetectable. So we all need to look after ourselves.

You can also receive a FREE NHS Health Check on the day too! It’s simple and could save your life!

The check only takes around 30 minutes and you’ll be given a cholesterol and blood pressure check.

Just look out for the Wellbeing People bus on the day at the venues below:

  • Monday, 25 November – Umbrella Centre, St Peters Place Canterbury (10am to 3pm)
  • Tuesday, 26 November – Dover, St James Street (10-4pm)
  • Wednesday, 27 November  Sittingbourne, High Street (Outside Sports Direct) (10am to 4pm)
  • Thursday, 28 November – Folkestone, Town Centre, Guildhall Street (10am to 2.30pm)
  • Friday, 29 November – Sheerness, High Street/The Broadway (10am to 4pm)
  • Monday, 2 December – Margate Town Centre, High Street (Junction with Mill Lane) (10am to 4pm)

Three-quarters of people living with HIV face loneliness and isolation. We want to change that, and we know you do too.

That’s why we’re asking you to Rock the Ribbon Together in 2019 – to stand in solidarity with people living with HIV, raise awareness, challenge stigma, end loneliness and isolation, and insist peer support is available for anyone who needs it.

Love,

Your local sexual health service

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