National HIV Testing Week – Give HIV The Finger

posted by: Jonathan Shaw

National HIV Testing Week: 1st – 7th February 2021

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 1 in 16 people living with HIV in the UK do not know they have it
  • People can live with HIV for a long time without any symptoms, testing is the only way to know your HIV status
  • If you have HIV, finding out means you can start treatment, stay healthy and avoid passing the virus on to anyone else
  • Anyone diagnosed with HIV in the UK can access free treatment and support
  • You can get a free HIV self-sampling test kit delivered to your door
  • Testing for HIV is free, quick and Mark this year’s National HIV Testing Week by ordering a free kit, which will be delivered in plain packaging directly to you

 

Testing for HIV is still possible despite COVID-19 restrictions.

You can test at home using HIV postal and self-test kits. These are safe, confidential, and convenient. The safest option for everyone is to test from home. HIV Testing has never been quicker or easier. Order your postal test kit here: https://tinyurl.com/y6hlrtu2

 

Alternatively, you can call Devon Sexual Health on 0300 303 3989 to speak to a friendly member of staff who will arrange a test on your behalf. We’ll also provide condoms, advice on sexual health, and PEP/PrEP. Your call during National HIV testing week will be prioritised, which means you will get a call back as soon as possible!

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Accessing our service during the COVID pandemic

How to access our service:

We have now implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. This system will be in place for the duration of the pandemic. Please contact our services to access this triage system. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus please do not attend the clinic. Clear advice for people with symptoms of coronavirus is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus .

Advice from our service:

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception during this pandemic here.

If you need the combined contraceptive pill please try (if you can) to get updated measurements of your height, weight and blood pressure before calling us.

We are currently prioritising these groups for coil and implant (LARC) fits:

  • Those with vulnerabilities including but not limited to those who are: <18, attending abortion and maternity services, homeless, sex workers, victims of sexual assault, people with language barriers, drug and alcohol problems, learning disability, serious mental illness
  • Those aged <30 years

More details on LARC fittings at our service are found here

There is also specific advice on coronavirus available for People Living with HIV here, and for pregnant women here

Self-requested Sexual Health screening by post is available for for under 25s only - more info here

For others with testing requirements please contact the service on 0300 303 3989.

Information is now also available to advise on sexual contact during a time of social distancing here.

Alternative provision:

Please be aware that we may have to cancel, rearrange or shut clinical services in response to changing clinical and staffing pressures created by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - at your local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills and LARC procedures - obtained from your GP
  • HIV postal testing - available to at-risk groups for a small fee -  more info
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info
  • Condoms by post (for gay and bisexual men only) - more info