Getting tested is quick and easy, say HIV nurses

Jayne, left, at the Erith Health Centre with visitors Jackie, left and Tina, right
Jayne, left, at the Erith Health Centre with visitors Jackie, left and Tina, right

Our HIV nurses marked World AIDS Day by manning stalls at the Erith Health Centre and the Woolwich Centre today.

The aim was to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and to encourage people to take advantage of the quick, free testing that is now on offer.

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Jayne Nightingale and Anne-Marie Prevett were joined on the stalls by Edith Ntabyera from the Metro Centre, a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.

At the stall in the Erith Health Centre, Anne-Marie said that they'd had lots of interest from people on their way to or from GP appointments: "People were glad to find out that HIV testing is readily available locally and that you can get results in just a few minutes. I think it's reassuring to know that even if you get a positive result, early diagnosis and treatment means you can still live a long, healthy life."

Edith added: "At the Metro Centre, we're promoting more HIV testing in community settings such as health centres and during evenings and weekends. We also give out information at pubs, clubs and saunas. It's important to try to reduce the stigma around HIV and getting tested."

You can contact Jayne and Anne-Marie Monday to Friday 9am-5pm on 01322 357939.

For information about the Metro Centre, call 020 8305 5000 (Greenwich branch) or email info@metrocentreonline.org

From left, Jayne, Edith and Anne-Marie
From left, Jayne, Edith and Anne-Marie

Published on 29th November 2013