Free HIV testing to be offered in Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 November 2017

The MAVIS bus was launched in 2015.

The MAVIS bus was launched in 2015.

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Free HIV testing will be available on the MAVIS bus this weekend in Weston-super-Mare town centre.

The unit will be at Big Lamp Corner from noon to 5pm and opposite Cameo Bar in Walliscote Road from 7-10pm on Saturday.

North Somerset’s diagnosis rate stands at 40 per cent – the fifth lowest in the South West – while it has the sixth lowest early diagnosis rate in the region.

The Eddystone Trust, a sexual health charity, is working with HIV Prevention England to give free and confidential testing.

Andrew Evans, the charity’s director of operations and finance, said: “We are aiming to test as many people as possible across the South West over the next few weeks.

“We encourage anyone who might be at risk to come and get a free confidential test, and get your result in less than 20 minutes.”

The scheme coincides with National HIV Testing Week which started on Saturday.

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