Mobile clinics will help HIV diagnosis

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The Terrence Higgins Trust is marking National HIV Testing week by setting up mobile testing centres in Bedford.

The sexual health charity is offering free and confidential testing, which gives results within 15 minutes.

Those attending will be given support throughout session, and anyone who tests positive will be quickly referred to a specialist clinic.

THT health promotion specialist Lee Howe said: “There are far more reasons to know your HIV status than there are not to, so if it’s been a while since your last test, please come along to one of our mobile sessions.”

National HIV Testing Week has been running since 2012 in a bid to reduce the high number of cases of undiagnosed, or late-diagnosed HIV in England.

Figures for 2013 there were an estimated 4,526 people living with the virus in the region, with 24 per cent undiagnosed and more likely to pass it on unwittingly.

Lee Howe said: “National HIV Testing Week gives us a great opportunity to draw attention to how quick and easy modern tests are.

“That’s why this year we’re thrilled to be taking our testing service out into the community.”

The clinics will be held:

>Monday, November 24,from 4pm to 6pm, at All Saints Church, Westbourne Road, and from 6pm to 8.30pm, at Broadway House, 4/6 The Broadway

>Tuesday, November 25, from 2pm to 4pm, at Aysha Academy, The Hub, Midland Road

>Wednesday, November 26, from 5pm to 7.30pm, at Queens Park Surgery, Carlisle Road

>Thursday, November 27, from 9.30am to noon, at B.R.A.S.S, 27b Tavistock Street

>Saturday, November 29, from 11am to 3pm, at CAFPH, First Floor, St Johns Terrace, 17 Kingsway.

For more information, call Terrence Higgins Trust on (01234) 761090 or email