HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) will be out in force at Liverpool Pride (Saturday 6th August), reminding people attending to look after their sexual health. During the Pride parade through the streets of Liverpool, THT staff and volunteers will be promoting the charity’s new HIV ‘Fastest’ clinic in the Wirral, handing out free condoms and other goodies, and raising awareness of safer sex.
Gay men remain the group most at risk of HIV infection in the UK, and Pride is a great opportunity for THT to engage with gay men and ensure they have the information and resources they need to protect themselves.
THT’s new rapid HIV testing sessions are held every Wednesday at its centre on Bridge Street. The service, which is called ‘Fastest’, is free and confidential. Testing is done using a finger-prick blood test, with the results provided within one hour. Those who attend the clinic will be given information and support before and after the test, and those who test positive will be referred immediately to a specialist clinic. THT staff will also provide free condoms, and information and advice on safer sex.
Emma Richards, Senior Health Promoter for the Wirral said: “Liverpool Pride is a great event for the local LGBT community, and also a chance for us to and talk to people about safer sex. We’re delighted to be involved with this year’s event. Gay men remain at significantly higher risk of HIV and other STIs, so it’s vital we give them, along with other local people, what they need to stay safe.”
THT runs a weekly ‘Fastest’ clinic in Birkenhead on Wednesday evenings from 5pm – 8pm. Testing is also available at other times by appointment. All clinics take place at 5 Bridge Street, Birkenhead, the Wirral, CH41 1AS. For further information of THT’s testing and advice services in the Wirral, please contact Emma Richards on (0151) 666 9890 or email email@example.com.