Dudley MP Ian Austin headed to local charity Summit House today to help raise awareness of National HIV testing week.
Organised by Terrence Higgins Trust and Summit House Support, Ian Austin met with volunteers and staff to discuss the importance of testing and busting the stigma around HIV.
New figures released by Public Health England in October 2017 revealed that a decline in new HIV infections but late diagnoses remain high.
National HIV Testing Week, which runs from 18th to 25th November, is run by Terrence Higgins Trust on behalf of HIV Prevention England. The week encourages people to take a painless, simple and quick HIV test, particularly those from the groups most at-risk of HIV.
Ian Austin said:
“I was delighted to meet with staff from Terrence Higgins Trust and Summit House Support in Dudley and raise awareness of the importance of testing for HIV.
“Testing is free, fast and simple, and it’s one of the best weapons there is to stop the spread of HIV.
“Summit House do a brilliant job supporting people in Dudley and their work is invaluable to so many people.
Jamie Fookes from Terrence Higgins Trust said:
“We’re delighted that Ian has taken the time to take a HIV test today and show just how quick and easy it is to be sure of your status.
“Today, if you test positive, effective treatment means you can live as long as anyone else, and medication reduces the amount of virus in your blood to such low levels that, you cannot pass on HIV.”