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Nurses offer sexual health tests at Westfield—Friday 1 April and Saturday 2 April

01 April 2011

Westfield shoppers are being invited to get their sexual health checked out—nurses from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are offering sexual health and HIV tests in a mobile health clinic bus at the entrance to the shopping centre on Friday and Saturday.

Westfield shoppers are being invited to get their sexual health checked out.

Nurses from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are offering sexual health and HIV tests in a mobile health clinic bus at the entrance to the shopping centre on Friday and Saturday.

The mobile clinic is at Westfield from 10:30am-5:30pm on Friday 1 April and Saturday 2 April—at the Wood Lane entrance near Next.

This innovative approach to tackling the rising tide of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) will target young people who may not even realise they have an STI.

Just last week new figures published by the Health Protection Agency revealed that the number of HIV cases has doubled in the last 10 years—a disturbing trend also seen with other, more common STIs—but it is thought that many more infections go undiagnosed.

Stephanie McMillan, Acting Nurse Practitioner for Young People & Outreach at Chelsea and Westminster’s West London Centre for Sexual Health, says: "Many young people won't come to sexual health clinics in hospitals so we are going to them.

“We are offering tests for common STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, as well as HIV, and also general health checks including blood pressure tests, diabetes screening and healthy lifestyle advice.

“Our service is completely free and confidential. We hope lots of shoppers at Westfield this weekend will take the opportunity to come and get themselves checked out.”