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People urged to get tested during National HIV Testing Week - 29 November 2013

People urged to get tested during National HIV Testing Week - 29 November 2013

Musgrove Park Hospital’s genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic is calling for people to come forward and get themselves tested for HIV during National HIV Testing Week (22-29th November, 2013).

Although anyone can book in for a test the campaign is particularly aiming to test black African people and men who have sex with men (MSM) as these two groups make up seven in 10 people in the UK living with HIV (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
To make it easier for people to have a test done a special drop in clinic has been arranged at Musgrove’s GUM Clinic from 2pm to 7pm on Monday, 2nd December 2013. There is no need for people to book an appointment and people will have a quick blood sample taken by a specialist nurse.
Speaking about the event Jane Holder, Clinical Nurse Specialist for HIV and Lead Nurse in the clinic, said: “There are real benefits to people being regularly tested for HIV, particularly if you are in one of the target categories, as it means any concerns can be picked up in the early stages when treatment is much more effective.
“We know arranging an HIV test can be embarrassing for people, which is why we are offering a drop in session where you can just turn up. Everything is kept confidential, you will get your results the very next day and they are not shared with anyone else.”
For more information, call the Genitourinary Clinic on: 01823 344888.