National HIV Testing Week returns for 2022

posted by: Devon Sexual Health

National HIV Testing Week is back from Monday 7 February with the message ‘Give HIV the finger’.

The week encourages people to have a free, quick and confidential test in the comfort of their own homes – particularly those from groups most affected by HIV, including gay and bisexual men and black African men and women. Self-test kits can be ordered by visiting the following link: https://tinyurl.com/ycktphxj

This is great opportunity to get tested and encourage others to do the same. Regular HIV testing benefits each and every one of us. People can live with HIV for a long time without any symptoms, and testing is the only way to know your status. Most people will get a negative result but whatever happens, it’s important to know that anyone diagnosed with HIV in the UK can access free treatment and support.

Further information is offered via the Eddystone Trust: https://eddystone.org.uk/ or for more details on HIV testing, information and support see; https://www.devonsexualhealth.nhs.uk/stis/hiv/

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Accessing our service

In response to the emergence of COVID-19 we have implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

We are currently experiencing high demand for our Sexual Health Services across Devon and Torbay with unprecedented demand in Exeter. Please note always review urgent cases the same day. If your need is urgent and you are struggling to reach us keep trying as our phone system will explain how to access same-day care with us.

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

Self-requested STI testing by post is available for those aged under 25- more info

We are now running an under 18’s sit and wait clinic at Exeter, Torquay, and Barnstaple for more information click here

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

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