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Don’t miss out – it’s normal to be tested for HIV

Sexually active people across Croydon are being urged to take a quick and simple test to find out their HIV status to enable them to seek early treatment if needed.

With National HIV Testing Week starting on Saturday (19), this year’s campaign locally sees an increased number of testing centres set up especially for the week, and remaining in operation until the day after World Aids Day on 1 December.

Now in its fifth year, this important event will increase the opportunities for people to get tested and to also learn more about HIV. Anyone can go along for a free, simple and confidential HIV test, and receive their result within 15 minutes. Receiving an early diagnosis and treatment can help people to live up to a normal lifespan or similar.

Residents are also being encouraged to seek testing all year round at their GP surgery and at the Genito Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinic at Croydon University Hospital.

The full details of the National HIV Testing Week centres in Croydon can be found at www.swish.nhs.uk.

National HIV Testing Week is run by Terrence Higgins Trust on behalf of HIV Prevention England, with support and participation from organisations in the public, statutory and private sectors. 

Visit www.tht.org.uk/itstartswithme for more information about HIV Testing Week.

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