Free HIV testing to be offered in Weston-super-Mare
PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 November 2017
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.