National HIV Testing Week is a great opportunity to get tested and encourage others to test for HIV. Testing is free, fast, confidential and simple – you can even do it at home.

Why test?

The sooner you find out whether you have HIV, the better it is for your health. If you have HIV for a long time without knowing, it can damage your body and even shorten your life. Test negative and you end any worries or doubt.

Testing is good for all of us. Someone taking medication and with an undetectable viral load* cannot pass on HIV. But most people get HIV from someone who doesn’t realise they have it. If more people test and get the medication they need we could dramatically cut the numbers who get HIV in the future.

It’s a good idea to test at least once a year (or more often if you have unprotected sex with more than one partner).

*Viral load is how much HIV is in someone’s body, measured by a blood test. Treatment can push levels of HIV so low that tests show it’s at ‘undetectable’ levels.

Renaissance, as a local activation partner for the event, are heavily involved with raising awareness across Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen, as well as offering FREE and confidential HIV testing in community and social settings with fast track support from HIV nursing teams in your area, in the event of a reactive result.

HIV testing is always available from your local Sexual Health Clinic or GUM as well as at our Head Office, 102 Dickson Road, BLACKPOOL.