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Local bars and students get behind National HIV Testing Week in Norfolk

by Phillipa Davies | Nov 15, 2016

National HIV Testing Week kicks off in Norfolk this weekend with a focus on raising national HIV testing week logoawareness of HIV and good sexual health across the county. 

Terrence Higgins Trust, in partnership with iCaSH Norfolk (run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust), will be at the University of East Anglia (UEA) on Wednesday 23 November and local bars and pubs on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November providing information, support and advice, as well as where and when to get tested for HIV.

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The team will be at the University Student’s Union, Union House, with Sexpression, as well as , The Catherine Wheel and The Castle in Norwich, Kings Wine Bar in Great Yarmouth and The Hob in the Well in King’s Lynn.

National HIV Testing Week (19 to 26 November) is run by Terrence Higgins Trust on behalf of HIV Prevention England. The week encourages people to take a painless, simple and quick test, particularly those most at-risk of HIV, including men who have sex with men and black African people.

Neil Howard, Programme Lead at Terrence Higgins Trust in Norfolk, said: “We’re encouraging local people here in Norfolk to find out more about HIV and sexual health this National HIV Testing Week.

“We’ll be at the UEA Student’s Union and local bars and pubs offering advice and information, and encouraging anyone who might be at risk to come and get a free, confidential HIV test.

“Today, if you test positive, effective treatment means you can live as long as anyone else, and when the amount of the virus in your blood is reduced to undetectable levels, this means you cannot pass on HIV. Testing puts you in control and is nothing to be feared.”

For more information on Terrence Higgins Trust  please email norfolksexualhealth@tht.org.uk and visit www.startswithme.org.uk for more about National HIV Testing Week

 

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