National HIV Testing Week is co-ordinated by HIV Prevention England (HPE) to promote regular HIV testing.

Regular testing is a good idea. Test negative and you end any worries or doubt. Test positive and you can start treatment early and avoid passing on HIV to others.  A late diagnosis can seriously damage your body and even shorten your life.

There are various options for getting tested for HIV including testing at your local sexual health clinic, GP surgery or through the local HIV organisation (that's us!). 

Please remember that the minimum period following any exposure to the virus is 28 days before a positive result would be possible. However if your exposure is within the last 72 hours, you should attend you nearest Sexual Health Clinic or A&E for PEP.

Testing is confidential and free. As a reporter from the Plymouth Herald found out in the video below, it is also fast and extremely simple.

(a downloadable version of the video can be found HERE)

The Eddystone Trust, along with all our regional and national partners elsewhere in the UK, are providing a number of testing opportunities across your areas. Please check the lists below for the sessions we have planned in the South West and come along and help "Give HIV the finger!"

Gloucester & Cheltenham

  • Tues. 21st November at Cheltenham University & also at CGL Offices, Longsmith Street Gloucester
  • Weds. 22nd November at GARAS, Barton Street, Gloucester
  • Fri. 24th November at Cityworks
  • Mon. 27th November at Homeless Healthcare

Bath

  • Sat. 25th November at Rainbow Cafe

Weston-Super-Mare

  • Sat. 25th November aboard the Wellbeing Bus in Weston-Super-Mare 

Taunton, Bridgwater, Minehead, Frome & Street

  • Mon. 20th November at Strode College and Lindley House, Taunton and 2BU 'Older' Group (18 - 24 years)
  • Tue. 21st November at SWISH Minehead
  • Wed. 22nd November SWISH Millstream House, Taunton
  • Thur. 23rd November at Frome Medical Centre
  • Fri. 24th November at East Quay Medical Centre, Bridgwater

Exeter

  • Weds. 22nd November at Co-Lab, King William Street, Exeter and at Uplands, Heavitree Road, Exeter

Torquay

  • Tues. 21st November at Endeavour House and Leonard Stocks
  • Thur. 23rd November at Endeavour House and Croft Road Surgery

Plymouth

  • Mon. 20th November at Hamoaze House
  • Tues. 21st November at Women's Group at Shekinah Mission, Bath Street and Manticore Spa
  • Wed. 22nd November at North Road West Medical Center, at Shekinah Mission (Women Only) in Stonehouse Street and at OMG Plymouth
  • Thur. 23rd November at Plymouth University Medical Centre and the LGBT Society of Plymouth University
  • Fri. 24th November at The Swallow Pub

You can also test at home using either a postal test or a self test. When testing at home, make sure that you use a reliably sourced testing kit that has an approved UK 'CE' mark. Free HIV postal test kits are also available until the 4th January 2018, for all gay & bisexual men, black Africans and individuals who have a partner from a high prevalence country - you can order your free test kit online HERE.

For further advice on using home test kits or more information on any of the above testing sessions along with how to access other National HIV Testing Week resources, please email us at: [email protected]