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Launch of 2017 HIV campaign: TEST. TREAT. PROTECT on Friday 17 Nov

Dear colleagues,

 

We launch our 2017 HIV campaign: TEST. TREAT. PROTECT on Friday 17th November. This is to coincide with the start of National HIV Testing Week on Saturday 18th November and will encompass World AIDS Day on December 1st.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage more people to get tested for HIV. But why? 

Because it is estimated that around 1 in 8 people who are HIV+ do NOT know that they are. This massively increases the risk of HIV transmission. The earlier people can get tested, the more effective the treatment, which is now so advanced that people living with HIV and on treatment can get their viral loads down to an undetectable level, which means they will NOT pass on the HIV virus.

We know that the combination of regular testing, HIV treatment and condom use is the key to winning the fight against HIV.

We now offer free and confidential HIV home testing kits  to residents of Derbyshire and Derby city available on-line through www.test.hiv, as well as HIV testing in all clinics.

We have developed a YouTube clip starring our very own Gary Woodhouse to encourage people to test, get treatment and use condoms.

Each clinic will be getting (or already have) a campaign pack which includes posters promoting online and local HIV testing.  Please display the posters in public areas of your clinic premises.

Your pack also contains red ribbons. The red ribbon is the international symbol of World AIDS Day on 1st Dec and is worn to show awareness and support for those living with HIV – we would like ALL ISHS staff to show their support by wearing the red ribbon on World AIDs Day on Friday 1st December.

We can stop HIV, but it takes each of us to make it happen.

Thank you for your support.

 

Best wishes... 

Tracey Palmer                        

Sexual Health Promotion Locality Co-ordinator (Sub-contracts)