Positive East offers free HIV tests in Newham

Published:
09:41 12 February 2022



Residents of Newham are urged to access free HIV testing.

Positive East, a large community-based HIV charity, makes HIV testing accessible by offering testing in various settings across the borough.

This includes twice-weekly testing at Vicarage Lane Health Center and monthly clinics at borough libraries.

Positive East promotes free HIV testing to residents, but it’s not too late as they offer free testing year-round.

“With just a prick of blood on your finger, it has never been easier to get tested for HIV,” a spokesperson said.

They said black African communities, and gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV, alongside emerging diagnoses in South Asian communities.

It is estimated that around 5,310 people in the UK are unaware they are living with HIV.

Residents are also invited to a Positive about HIV Prevention training session on February 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The “breakfast and learn” session will inform you about the availability of the treatment, the different ways to take it and the tests required before and during the treatment.

Newham Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz said: “Thanks to advances in treatment, HIV is now a manageable long-term health problem.

“There is no reason to fear getting tested for HIV and there is nothing shameful about it. In fact, it is part of the routine of any new patient check-up in a doctor’s office. generalist and, by getting tested, we can all help fight against HIV transmission and late diagnosis in our district.

Dr Subathira Dakshina, Clinical Lead for HIV Medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust, added: “I urge any resident who has the opportunity to get tested for HIV to seize this opportunity with both hands.

“It’s free and you’ll be doing something positive for yourself and your community. And remember – the majority of people living with HIV on effective treatment can live long, healthy lives without fear of transmitting HIV. “

People can order a free HIV and STI test from shl.uk and have it delivered to their doorstep.

Positive East can guide people who need more support to take and read the test via Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Email [email protected] for more information.

To register for the HIV training session, go to https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/

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