Do it Brent and get tested for HIV

7 June 2016

Brent is proud to support an innovative campaign which aims to tackle the incidence of HIV in London.

 

The campaign, which is called Do It London, aims to raise awareness of the need to test regularly for HIV (at least annually, and when changing sexual partner) and to practise safer sex.

 

Speaking about the campaign, Cllr Krupesh Hirani Cabinet member for Community Wellbeing said, "Testing for HIV is incredibly important and in London over 500,000 people test for HIV every year.

 

In 2014, an estimated 941 people aged 15 to 59 years in Brent were living with HIV. 37.9 per cent of this total had a late HIV diagnosis which increases the risk of transmission and reduces life expectancy.

 

It is really important to get tested.

 

"We are particularly interested in encouraging both men who have sex with men (MSM) and African communities in the area to take a test.

 

"There are many places to take a free HIV test and all services are quick, easy and completely confidential. People can decide where they would feel most comfortable being tested. Free self-sampling HIV testing kits are available to residents of Brent. For more information visit www.test.hiv."

 

Visit the Do It London website www.doitlondon.org to find out more or follow on Twitter and Facebook (@doitLDN and www.facebook.com/doitLDN).