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Andrew supports National HIV Testing Week

HIV.jpgAndrew Smith MP has stressed the importance of HIV testing ahead of National HIV Testing Week.

Between 9am and 5pm next Thursday 28th November people can attend a free, confidential HIV session at Oxford Leys Pharmacy. People can also contact the Oxford centre to book an appointment at an alternative time by calling (01865) 243 389 or emailing

Andrew said: "I welcome the testing week. As the World Health Organisation and the Terrence Higgins Trust say, it is vitally important that people who want to learn their HIV status should be able to get tested, with supportive counselling."

There are around 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK, but a quarter of these people are undiagnosed and therefore unaware they have the virus. Coordinated by Terrence Higgins Trust on behalf of HIV Prevention England, National HIV Testing Week aims to drive down undiagnosed HIV by encouraging those most at risk to get tested.

Anyone who thinks they might have been at risk is encouraged to attend for a test. Testing is done using a finger-prick blood test, with the results provided within fifteen minutes. Those who attend the clinic will be given information and support before and after the test, and anyone who tests positive will be referred immediately to a specialist clinic.

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