Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, is calling on residents in at risk groups in Brighton & Hove to get tested during National HIV Testing Week, in the run-up to World Aids Day.
HIV and sexual health charity Terrance Higgins Trust has launched the National HIV Testing Week to highlight to encourage at risk groups to take an HIV test. The HIV Testing Week runs from Friday 22nd – Friday 29th November ahead of World Aids Day on 1st December. For more information on National HIV Testing Week, click here.
In recent years, Mike has taken a rapid HIV test in Parliament on World Aids Day to raise awareness of the need for early diagnosis of HIV in the UK. Sadly, the number of new HIV cases across the country and in Brighton & Hove continues to rise.
Commenting, Mike said: “Given that instances of HIV continue to rise in Brighton & Hove, it is vital that both gay and straight residents from at risk groups in the city get tested. Up to a quarter of people living with HIV in the UK do not know that they have it, so increasing testing and reducing the stigma attached to it will help reduce this figure.”