Get tested for HIV, says local sexual health doctor

Date published: 14 November 2017

Next week is National HIV Testing Week (Saturday 18 to Friday 24 November) and the Rochdale Sexual Health Service is encouraging locals to get tested.

The annual Testing Week raises awareness of HIV testing for everyone, and particularly for gay and bisexual men and black men and women who make up 70% of people in the UK living with HIV.

People can visit a Rochdale Sexual Health clinic to get tested or they can simply use the organisation’s sexual health hub, a portal of information and advice, to get a free HIV postal testing kit to get tested at home.

The online service allows people to find their nearest clinic and book appointments at any time.

Dr Adeniyi Komolafe, HIV and GUM Consultant at Oldham, Bury and Rochdale Sexual Health Services, said: “About 70-90% of people living with HIV have no symptoms, which is why testing is so important, particularly if you change partners. HIV is found in the bodily fluids of an infected person: in their semen, vaginal and anal fluids and blood.

“Though there isn’t currently a cure for HIV it’s possible through effective treatment for people with the infection to live long and healthy lives. The best way to prevent infection is to always use a condom and never share needles or syringes or sex toys.

“An HIV test is quick and simple. It’s done using a sample of blood or saliva. Your local sexual health clinic will be able to test you.”

Rochdale Sexual Health Service also gives treatment and advice on sexual health issues, emergency contraception and free condoms.

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