The HIV testing week campaign, which runs from 17 - 25 November 2018, reminds people about the importance of getting tested for HIV if they think they may have been at risk of contracting the virus.
HIV is transmitted mainly through unprotected sex, as well as other routes, such as sharing needles or health procedures in countries with poor hygiene.
Coventry currently has the highest number of people diagnosed with HIV per population than any other city or area in the West Midlands. Getting people tested and treated if necessary reduces the risk of passing on the virus, and is key to reducing the level of HIV in Coventry.
Magic Johnson, the famous basketball player, has been living with HIV for 25 years. HIV treatment is free for everyone living in the UK and can be as little as one pill per day if a person is diagnosed early.
Every step of HIV testing is confidential. Support is provided throughout the process and apart from the person taking the test, nobody will know the result.
In Coventry, you can get a free finger-prick HIV test, with results in 60 seconds. All you need to do is just ask the Pharmacist for a private conversation. Testing is available from:
You can also go to www.test.hiv to see if you can have a free finger-prick test sent to an address of your choice, or you can go to the Integrated Sexual Health Service for a FREE test.
GIVE HIV the finger - a finger-prick test is all it takes and get tested today - It's the only way to know if you have HIV!