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HIV Testing Week – know your status and access brand new sexual health services

20 November 2013

To mark European HIV Testing Week Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s sexual health clinics have arranged some special events and set up new services to make getting tested even easier.

To mark European HIV Testing Week Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s sexual health clinics have arranged some special events and set up new services to make getting tested even easier. 

Gary Whitlock, Sexual Health Consultant, said: “We want to normalise HIV testing, support people who are living with HIV and reduce the number of people becoming infected.  We are very excited about this new collaboration between two of the biggest sexual health clinics in the country.” 

Following on from the success of last year’s event at G-A-Y bar where we tested 745 people in eight hours the final event is HIV testing at G-A-Y Bar on World AIDS Day.  G-A-Y bar owner Jeremy Joseph will generously donate £10 per test done at G-A-Y to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.  Please see our website www.faststdtest.nhs.uk for further information about all the events. 

About 1 in 4 people who have HIV are unaware of their infection and it is estimated that 1 in 7 gay men in London have undiagnosed HIV. 

Jake Jenkins, Nurse Practitioner at 56 Dean Street , said: “The aim of HIV Testing Week is to raise awareness of HIV and the importance of protecting yourself and regular testing.  Testing is fast, with results produced in just 60 seconds, free and confidential and our expert team will provide you with support whatever the result.”

Patients can walk into any Chelsea and Westminster Hospital sexual health clinics in London for a free HIV test with our friendly teams who are waiting to help. Many services are open in the evening or Saturday and you don’t need an appointment.  Please visit the Chelsea and Westminster website for more details.

Our events for European HIV testing week

DATE

CLINIC

                                     EVENT

TIME

26/11/13

John Hunter Clinic

Brixton (Windrush Square off Effra Road SW2)

11am-7pm

27/11/13

56 Dean Street

ULU car park (Byng Place, London WC1E 7LE)

12-2pm

28/11/13

West London Centre for Sexual Health

Wandsworth (Next to Halifax/TK Maxx and Costa on Wandsworth High Street.)

12-4pm

29/11/13

John Hunter Clinic

Portobello Road (Westbourne Grove, outside Earl of Lonsdale public house W11 2QA)

10am-6pm

30/11/13

West London Centre for Sexual Health

Hammersmith (The cobbled area immediately outside Hammersmith Underground station)

1-5pm

01/12/13

56 Dean Street

G-A-Y (30 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4UR)

12-8pm