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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-11-17

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Wirral Council encourage HIV testing for adults during HIV testing week

NATIONAL HIV Testing Week 2016 will start on Saturday, 19 November 2016. Wirral Council and Wirral Community Trust are promoting HIV awareness and HIV testing for adults in Wirral, of any age, gender or sexual preference who would like to know their HIV status.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) weakens a person's immune system, the part of the body that fights off diseases and can be caught by anybody through unprotected sex.  If you can answer 'Yes' to any of the statements below and are concerned that you could have been exposed to HIV, then you should consider testing.

► I had a casual relationship with a new friend I met on holiday.

► I went on a date with someone I met online and ended up having sex with them.

► I have had 2 or more 'no strings' sexual partners in the past year.

► I find using condoms with a new partner a hassle.

► I'm into girls and guys.

None of the above, but I wonder if I could still be at risk of HIV.

Adults who are concerned that they've taken risks and could've been exposed to HIV should contact any of the services in Wirral listed below, for confidential help and support. HIV testing is free, quick and confidential.

► Sexual Health Clinics (various locations) can be found online.

► Via the Terrence Higgins Trust in Birkenhead.

► By post (for some people) via:- Test.HIV.

Finding out not only gives you peace of mind, but also means that you can get treatment that can keep you in good health.  Fiona Johnston, Director of Public Health, Wirral Council says:- "With National HIV Testing Week approaching, I would encourage all those who think they may be at risk of HIV, such as men who have sex with men, or those who are worried after having unprotected sex, to seriously consider testing. Treatment is improving all the time, and the earlier the infection is caught, the better. Condoms are the best barrier against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies."


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