'Get checked during HIV Testing Week', urge Hertfordshire County Council

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:36 09 November 2016

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National HIV Testing Week kicks off soon with a focus on reducing late diagnosis in the county.

Welwyn Hatfield residents are being encouraged to get tested for free during the awareness week, which starts on Saturday, November 19.

HIV and sexual health charity Herts Aid will be offering opportunities for people to get tested throughout Hertfordshire.

County councillor Teresa Heritage said: “Helping our residents to lead longer, happier and healthier lives really matters to us.

“This is why we are investing in local sexual health services, including making it as easy as possible for people to get HIV tested.

“We know that the sooner someone with HIV starts treatment, the better it is for their health, but keeping an eye on our sexual health is often something we ignore.”

Suzanne Bannister, executive director of Herts Aid, said: “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 about National HIV Testing Week, go to: https://www.startswithme.org.uk/

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