In a bid to reduce levels of undiagnosed HIV in Solihull, HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) and Solihull NHS Care Trust are launching a one-hour ‘Fastest’ service in the town. The service launches on Monday 1 November and will offer free, confidential HIV tests by appointment.
The ‘Fastest’ service involves a finger-prick blood test, which is analysed straight away and the results provided within one hour. All tests will be carried out by fully-trained staff, at a mutually convenient time, and at an appropriate location to suit the individual. Those who request an appointment will be given information and advice before and after the test, and anyone who tests HIV positive will be fast tracked into a treatment centre. They will also be given information on the range of services available for people living with HIV, including counselling and peer support.
Jane Morel, Regional Manager for THT in the Midlands, said: “We’re delighted to be launching Solihull’s first community-based HIV testing service. Before now, if people in Solihull were worried they might have put themselves at risk, they had to travel all the way to Birmingham for a test. We recognise this may have been stopping some people coming forward for testing.
“However, in the UK approximately one in four people with HIV don’t know they have it, and we’re determined to get that rate down. We hope that by making it easier and quicker to have an HIV test in Solihull, more local people will come forward for testing.”
For further information on the ‘Fastest’ service in Solihull, or to request an appointment, please contact Sue Price on (0121) 694 6440, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.