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Cambridge MP urges local people to test for HIV

by Debbie Manning | Nov 29, 2016

“Don’t delay, take a test today.”

 

Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, today urged local residents to test for HIV as he visited Terrence Higgins Trust at iCaSH Cambridgeshire.

Daniel visited Lime Tree Clinic in Cambridge (run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust) to learn more about HIV, how  people can test and the work Terrence Higgins Trust, in partnership with iCaSH Cambridgeshire, is doing to normalise testing and bust stigma. 

 

The UKs leading HIV and sexual health charity is encouraging people in Cambridge to come along to their clinics for a fast, free and confidential HIV test.  

  • Wednesday 30th, at Parkside Clinic, Wisbech, from 2 till 7pm 
  • Thursday 1st December, at the Lime Tree Clinic, Cambridge, from 2 till 7pm 
  • Friday 2nd, at Clinic 6, Oak Tree Centre, from 2 till 6pm 

Trained staff from the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity will be at all the clinics providing information, support and advice on HIV and sexual health.  

Testing for HIV puts you in control and, thanks to treatment, will stop you from getting seriously ill, enable you to live a normal lifespan and prevent you from passing the virus on to anyone else. 

Daniel Zeichner MP said: “I was delighted to visit the Lime Tree Clinic here in Cambridge to learn more about the importance of testing for HIV.

 

“As I found out today by taking a test – testing is free, fast and simple, and it’s one of the best weapons we have to stop the spread of HIV. Early testing and diagnosis are key to combating this epidemic and we need to remove the stigma around HIV testing. So don’t delay, take a test today.”  

Huw Williams, Health Promotion Officer at Terrence Higgins Trust in Cambridge, said: “We were delight to welcome Daniel to the clinic today during a time where we’re providing more opportunities for local people here in Cambridge to test for HIV.  

 “We’re working in partnership with local organisations to extend clinic opening times 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.”  

Terrence Higgins Trust in Cambridge is based at  Mill House, Brookfields Hospital, 351 Mill Road,  Cambridge, CB1 3DF and provides support, information and advice, as well as HIV and STI testing. For more information please call 01223 723 474 or email cambridgeshirecso@tht.org.uk

 

For more information contact the press team at Terrence Higgins Trust: press@tht.org.uk, 07957 812 691

 

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