Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has backed changes that have been brought in by the Department for Health to allow anyone to conduct an HIV self-test in their own home.
Since his election, Mike has been calling on ministerial colleagues to ease restrictions that, until 6th April this year, barred HIV self-testing kits. While no self-test kits have yet to be approved for sale, it is hoped that they will be available later in the year. For more information, click here.
Mike is an active member of Halve It, a coalition of national experts and politicians who are determined to tackle the continued public health challenges that are posed by HIV. The group’s main goals are to halve the proportion of people diagnosed late with HIV by 2015 and halve the proportion of people living with undiagnosed HIV by 2015. For details on the work of Halve It, visit www.halveit.org.uk.
Commenting, Mike said: “Allowing people to test themselves for HIV in the privacy of their own home is a great step forward in awareness and preventing the disease and another notch at reducing the stigma attached to HIV. I look forward to the first self-testing kits being available soon and would encourage anyone who is unsure about their status to get checked.”