14 November 2017

People urged to get checked for HIV during national testing week

Health leaders in Sheffield are encouraging people to get tested for HIV during National HIV Testing Week which starts on Saturday, 18 November.

This year’s campaign ‘Give HIV the finger’ focuses on reducing late diagnosis and emphasising the simplicity of the finger prick test. Research shows that one in four people living with HIV don’t know they have it and that people who are treated early are better able to manage the condition with the same life expectancy as people without HIV, as long as they stay healthy.

People can be tested at different places in Sheffield, including sexual health clinics and GP surgeries. They can also carry out a test at home with a postal testing kit. And during HIV testing week, special drop-in sessions are running throughout the city, run by Sexual Health Sheffield and PlusMe.

Dr Karen Rogstad, Clinical Lead at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Sexual Health Sheffield, said: “Treatment for HIV has come on leaps and bounds. People with HIV are now able to live long and healthy lives, and significantly reduce the chance of transmission to their partners. We want to see as many people as possible during the week, so please come along and get tested.”

Karl Cooper, Project Manager at PlusMe, a charity that supports local people living with or affected by HIV, said: “We’re able to help people living with HIV. It doesn’t mean you’re going to die or can’t have a proper relationship, sex or children. You can.

“It can be scary and embarrassing talking about your sexual health. But it’s really important.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “We invest in sexual health services and are encouraging people to get tested because the earlier the diagnosis the better.

“It’s much easier now, with many different ways to get tested for HIV in Sheffield, including at home with a postal testing kit.

“We want everyone to stay healthy and lead long and happy lives. That’s why I’d encourage people to take the test and “give HIV the finger!’”

Get tested for HIV:

Sexual Health Sheffield is providing extra walk-in HIV testing clinics at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital on Monday 20th November, Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd November and Friday 24th between 8.30am-12.15pm and 2.00pm-6.00pm (2.00pm-3.30pm on the Friday). Use the entrance to Sexual Health Sheffield at 11a, B-Road and please go to the reception upstairs.

People can also get tested at:

  • Sat 18th November 2017 – Boiler Room Sauna, 208 Savile St East, Sheffield S4 7UQ – 1pm-3pm
  • Mon 20th November 2017 – Cathedral Archer Project, Sheffield Cathedral, Campo Lane, Sheffield S1 2EF – 12pm-1pm
  • Mon 20th November 2017 – Club OMG, 53 West St, Sheffield S1 4EQ – 6pm-8pm
  • Tues 21st November 2017 – Firth Park Clinic, North Quadrant, Sheffield, S5 6NU, 12.30pm-2.30pm
  • Tues 21st November 2017 – Dempsey’s, Hereford Street, Sheffield S1 4LA – 6pm-8pm
  • Wed 22nd November 2017 – Firth Park Clinic, North Quadrant, Sheffield, S5 6NU – 8.30am-12.30pm
  • Wed 22nd November 2017 – Victoria Hall Drop-In, Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 2JB – 1.00pm-3.00pm
  • Thurs 23rd November 2017 – Sheffield Hallam University Students Union, 6 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2QQ – 12.00pm-2.00pm

Visit www.sexualhealthsheffield.nhs.uk for more information about HIV testing in Sheffield, including during HIV testing week.

Order a free testing postal kit at www.test.hiv/