People diagnosed and treated early for HIV have a higher chance of living long and healthy lives, even with the condition.
This is the key message during National HIV Testing Week, which starts on 19 November and is now in its fifth year.
Getting tested for HIV is free, easy and painless. Treatment now available reduces the HIV virus making it undetectable in the blood, and less likely to be passed on.
“It’s easy to get tested in Wokingham. People can go online, visit a sexual health clinic, or a clinic run by Thames Valley Positive Support,” said Cllr Julian McGhee-Sumner, executive member for health and wellbeing.
“These days there are no reasons to be embarrassed about getting tested. The benefits of early diagnosis, as well as the treatments now available if you’re positive, mean people have every chance of living a long and healthy life as well as minimising the risk of spreading the virus to others.”
Darrell Gale, consultant in public health at Wokingham Borough Council, said: “It’s important for those at high risk of HIV, such as gay and bisexual men and people from black African communities, get tested.
“We offer a range of testing options, so it really is easy and convenient to do. It’s also totally free and confidential.”
Tests can be ordered online or are also available at your local sexual health clinic. Clinics are free, confidential, non-judgmental and used to help people with sexual health issues regardless of age gender or sexuality.
Alternatively, pop along to one of the clinics provided by Thames Valley Positive Support by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01628) 603 400.
Visit the Safe Sex Berkshire website for more details about National HIV Testing Week and all sexual health services across the six Berkshire local authorities and sexual health providers in the county.