National HIV testing Week (NHTW) in Redbridge

Man showing that its simple to do the HIV test
Friday, 15 November, 2019

Positive East & RedbridgeCVS in partnership, join hands with Public Health England in its national drive to raise awareness of HIV and tackle late diagnosis!

About National HIV Testing Week

National HIV Testing Week (NHTW) is HIV Prevention England’s (HPE) flagship annual event which seeks to promote regular HIV testing among key populations. HPE is a nationally funded programme, funded by Public Health England, designed to complement locally commissioned prevention in areas of higher prevalence including Redbridge.

Radio station logoThis event aims to reduce the numbers of undiagnosed people and those diagnosed late. It is held every November ahead of World AIDS Day. This year NHTW starts on Saturday 16 November 2019.

While new HIV diagnoses have fallen for a third consecutive year, the latest data from Public Health England (PHE) reports 43% of all diagnoses were late.

HPE has once again repeated its warning that people diagnosed late face a ten-fold increased risk of short-term mortality. Population groups with particularly high late diagnoses rates include:

  • Heterosexual men (60%)
  • Black African adults (52%)
  • Those aged 50 and older (59%)

People diagnosed late are more likely to experience an AIDS-defining illness at the time of their diagnosis: this was true of 225 people in 2018, a similar number to 2017.

This year, the campaign will feature celebrities and influencers promoting ‘Give HIV the finger: a finger-prick test is all it takes’ RedbridgeCVS (HIV Health & Wellbeing Project) in Partnership with Positive East (A leading HIV Charity in East London) is commissioned by London Borough of Redbridge/Public Health to support of its national drive to raise awareness of HIV and tackle late diagnosis.

This will be done locally through setting up various HIV awareness & testing promotion stalls by RedbridgeCVS; HIV Health and Wellbeing team and FREE testing clinics in Redbridge and other parts of East London delivered by Positive East testing team.

To find out more about HPE & National HIV prevention programme for England please visit: hivpreventionengland.org.uk

Redbridge NHTW:

Please see table below for FREE & CONFIDENTIAL testing clinics in Redbridge (No GP referral needed) and if you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact our team members on contact details below the table.

Day and Date

Time

Venue

Tuesday 19th of November

3-6pm

Redbridge CVS ; 1st floor, 103 Cranbrook Rd, Ilford IG1 4PU

Please note: this is an ongoing clinic every Tuesday at RedbridgeCVS and self-referral.

Wednesday 20th of November

5:15-7:45pm

Redbridge Central Library ; Clements Rd, IG1 1EA

Thursday 21st of November

3-6pm

Lloyd’s Pharmacy ; 155 Manford Way, Chigwell, IG7 4DN

Thursday 21st of November

3-6pm

Woodford Green Library ; Snakes Lane West, IG8 0DX

Tune into the Radio Shows they will be on: HIV Health Awareness & risks of late diagnosis

  1.  NuSound Radio- Mohni's Show on 92FM ; Friday the 15th Nov at 3:00 pm 
  2.  Relaks Radio: Monday the 18th 6:00pm on Faceboo www.facebook.com/relaksradio

             Audio/video links to the shows will be provided online in the following weeks. 

For any further details please contact: 

Ms Darshana Lathigra, HIV Health & Wellbeing Coordinator at RedbridgeCVS by emailing darshana@redbridgecvs.net or calling 07494 894 770.

Alissa Ferry, HIV Prevention and Testing Manager at Positive East by emailling alissa.ferry@positiveeast.org.uk or calling 020 7791 9318 / 07540 821494.

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