Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is marking National HIV Testing Week by encouraging constituents to take a quick, free and easy test.
With an estimated 6,700 people living with HIV in the UK still undiagnosed, ending the stigma and fear that is stubbornly still often associated with testing for HIV is crucial.
Modern day HIV treatment means people living with HIV can expect a normal, healthy life and, when on successful treatment, cannot pass on the virus.
The UK, Welsh and Scottish Governments have committed to ending new cases of HIV by 2030.
You can test in a number of ways, including at home and in a sexual health clinic (note, many non-urgent services are closed during the current lockdown). People can order a free HIV test kit to do at home here: https://www.startswithme.org.uk/
“National HIV Testing Week is a great opportunity to challenge the stigma that unfortunately still exists around HIV.
“If we want to end new cases of HIV in the next decade, we have to start with everyone knowing their status.
“Testing is quick, free and easy. It can even be done from the comfort of your own home, so please do order a free test kit.”