National HIV Testing Week: Southend Hospital encourages those at risk to get tested early
17 November 2014
Southend Hospital in collaboration with Terence Higgins Trust are spreading the message that early testing saves lives and encourages those at risk to get tested early.
In 2013, Southend was reported to have the highest number of HIV
infections in the East of England, all of which makes National HIV
Testing Week (Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 November 2014) even more
On Tuesday 25 November, the trust's sexual health department
will be raising awareness with a stand located by the entrance to
the Cardigan Building. They aim to highlight the importance of HIV
testing, the different methods of HIV tests currently available and
answer any concerns, queries or issues about testing and HIV.
Advances in medicines means that people on HIV treatment can
live healthy, active lives. If diagnosed early, a person living
with HIV in the UK can expect a near-normal life span.
Dr Abu Bakar, HIV/genitourinary medicine (GUM) consultant, said:
"If you think that you may be at risk, either through unprotected
sex or sharing drug injection equipment, then you should visit
Southend Hospital's sexual health clinic, which provides same-day
testing for HIV, and advice and treatment for a range of sexually
transmitted infections (STIs). We also provide full screening for
sexually transmitted infections."
A test is quick and free and can help you protect your loved
ones and live a full life. So don't put it off, as it really is
better to know.
Everyone should ensure they take steps to protect themselves and
others from HIV infection by using a condom during sex and getting
themselves tested for HIV.
HIV is a serious condition, but it is treatable. If you think
you may be at risk, call Southend Hospital's sexual health clinic
You don't need to be referred to us by your GP or any other
healthcare professional. Simply call us for an appointment on:
PHOTO: Alison Keefe (clinic manager) and Sabri Abu Bakar
(HIV/genitourinary medicine GUM consultant)