Members of our Integrated Sexual Health Service will be out and about in Coventry in support of World AIDS Day.
World AIDS Day takes place on the 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for those living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Coventry has one of the highest HIV rates in the West Midlands, with nearly a quarter of those living with HIV not knowing they have the virus.
Charlotte Hubbard, Head of Integrated Sexual health Services, said: “HIV is a long-term medical condition that can be easily managed if diagnosed early. Early diagnosis and treatment prevents people from developing the illness known as AIDs and also from unknowingly passing the infection to others. The treatment is simple and is free.
“Our team will be holding a confidential HIV testing session in Coventry Central Library on Friday 1 December, between 10.00am and 3.00pm. We urge people to come along to get an HIV test. If they are HIV positive, the treatment can be commenced and they can live a good quality of life and not develop AIDS.”
To book a confidential appointment for a HIV test in Coventry, or to find out where the community screening team are out and about, call 0300 020 0027, or visit the Integrated Sexual Health Service on the third floor of City of Coventry Health Centre. You can also follow them on Twitter @CWPT_CovISHS and Facebook.com/CWPTCovISHS
To find out where else you can be tested in Coventry, visit www.besavvy.org.uk.
The Integrated Sexual Health Service can help you with any concerns you have about your sexual health in general. Just call on the number above.