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Markets and fire stations offering HIV testing for awareness week

Local sexual health professionals are encouraging people in Stoke-on-Trent to take a free and quick HIV test.

There is estimated to be around 60 people living with HIV in Stoke-on-Trent who aren’t aware they have it.

The Sexual Health Team at Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust are hosting a number of drop-in sessions throughout the week, where people can get a confidential test.

The test is a simple fingerprick test, and provides results in just 20 minutes.

Zoe Holdcroft, Sexual Health Project Worker said: “Its is so easy to do the finger prick test.

"If you know that you are HIV positive then you can live a very happy and normal life on anti-viral drugs. Your life does not have to change dramatically.

"It is about keeping yourself safe and not infecting anybody else.

"That is the most important thing: if you know your status you are less likely to infect somebody else."

Throughout the year, rapid HIV fingerprick testing drop-ins are available on the last Wednesday and Thursday of every month at The Piccadilly Centre in Hanley, and a comprehensive sexual health screen is available at Cobridge Community Health Centre all year round.

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