Prime Minister supports 56 Dean Street’s HIV testing event on World AIDS Day Saturday 1 December
Photo: Dr Sean Perera performs an HIV test on G-A-Y Bar owner Jeremy Joseph
Prime Minister David Cameron is publicly supporting 56 Dean Street’s attempt to break their own world record for the number of HIV tests given in a single day this Saturday 1 December to mark World AIDS Day.
Staff from Chelsea and Westminster’s popular HIV and sexual health centre in Soho tested 467 people in just eight hours at the G-A-Y Bar on Old Compton Street on World AIDS Day last year.
They are doing it all over again at the G-A-Y Bar from 12 noon–8pm on Saturday 1 December. G-A-Y will be donating £10 for every test to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Writing in this week’s Boyz magazine, David Cameron says: “People need to know it has never been quicker or simpler to get tested. In fact to demonstrate just how quick it is, this year the sexual health clinic 56 Dean Street is attempting to set a new world record for the number of people tested in one day.
“That is what World AIDS Day is about: taking practical action. Let us use World AIDS Day to spread the message about education, testing and early diagnosis.”
Jake Jenkins of 56 Dean Street says: “Come along to G-A-Y on World AIDS Day to get a free instant and confidential HIV test and support our attempts to promote HIV awareness, reduce stigma and make history.
“The testing will be provided by the friendly, expert team from 56 Dean Street using the world’s fastest antibody test which provides a result in just 60 seconds. Testing early can add, on average, 16 years to someone’s life.”