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Testing For HIV At Pop-Up Locations Across Teesside

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Testing For HIV At Pop-Up Locations Across Teesside

(CTN News) – Throughout Teesside, pop-up clinics are offering free HIV tests as part of a national campaign.

Hartlepool residents are invited to attend St Aidan’s Church on Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. GMT, and the community hub central from 13:00 a.m. to 16:00 p.m.

In the meantime, tests will take place at Redcar Place in Redcar on Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:20 p.m.

Testing is being conducted by Terrence Higgins Trust, which has provided testing to more than 3,500 people in the area over the past seven years. Testing is quick and confidential.

Over the past year, the company has been directly commissioned by the local authorities to carry out tests in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland, as well as Hartlepool.

The pop-up clinics are part of National HIV Testing Week, which runs through Sunday.

Throughout the week, tests were conducted at sites in Stockton, Middlesbrough, and Teesside University.

As an alternative, people may be able to obtain free HIV tests at sexual health clinics or by contacting their general practitioners, or they may request a home test kit, which is small enough to fit through a letterbox.

HIV Levels that cannot be detected

Anthony Young, service manager at Terrence Higgins Trust Teesside, has reported that some people are “worried” about taking a test or are not able to take the time to do so, which means they will not take the test.

He explained that the goal of the project is to demonstrate how easy, quick, and convenient HIV testing can be performed in local venues such as churches and universities in order to show how easy it can be.

In today’s world, if you test positive for HIV, you are able to live a long life and reduce your risk of transmitting HIV to others by reducing the amount of the virus in your blood to undetectable levels through effective treatment.

As a result, HIV levels become so low that they can no longer be transmitted anymore.”

It is his belief that the charity will be able to offer advice and support if the results of the research are positive.

The test, in his opinion, should not be viewed as a source of fear or shame.

The United Kingdom has less than six years left to achieve the historic goal of ending the number of HIV cases in the country by 2030, so every HIV test is vital to reaching this goal.


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Alishba Waris is an independent journalist working for CTN News. She brings a wealth of experience and a keen eye for detail to her reporting. With a knack for uncovering the truth, Waris isn't afraid to ask tough questions and hold those in power accountable. Her writing is clear, concise, and cuts through the noise, delivering the facts readers need to stay informed. Waris's dedication to ethical journalism shines through in her hard-hitting yet fair coverage of important issues.

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