Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, is calling on residents in Brighton & Hove to get tested during England’s first National HIV Testing Week.
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 23rd-30th November, ahead of World Aids Day on 1st December. For more information on National HIV Testing Week, click here.
Last year, Mike took 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 in Brighton & Hove has been rising, with almost 2,000 people treated last year compared to 758 in 2001 and, for the first time ever, more than half of the new cases were caught through heterosexual sex.
Commenting, Mike said: “Given that instances of HIV are rising in Brighton & Hove, it is more important than ever for both gay and straight residents of the city to 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.”