Free drop-in sessions for HIV Testing Week in Leeds

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Sexual health services across Leeds will offer free drop-in sessions for HIV Testing Week.

The national event, which is now in its fifth year, runs from November 21 to 28 and is held in the run up to World AIDS Day on December 1.

Yorkshire MESMAC and BHA Leeds Skyline will work with the new Leeds Sexual Health Service and Leeds City Council’s Public Health team to run additional HIV testing sessions across the city.

They will include finger-prick testing, which gives results while you wait, at venues including Leeds Kirkgate Market, community shops, barbers, pharmacies, pubs and clubs.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, chair of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “Leeds has got a great record for promoting ways to keep people healthy and I hope HIV Testing Week will see more people benefit from the public health work being delivered across the city to get earlier diagnosis, support and treatment where needed.”

Doctor Sarah Schoeman, consultant in sexual health and HIV at Leeds Sexual Health, said: “Everyone has an HIV status. The sooner you know your HIV status the better it is for your health.”

To find out where you can get tested, visit www.leedssexualhealth.com/latest-news/hivtestingweek.

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