Ealing Council has lit up Ealing Town Hall to mark World Aids Day which takes place on 1 December to support people living with HIV and to remember those who passed away.
It is also highlighting ways residents can get tested for HIV as well as getting help and support.
Councillor Josh Blacker, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for healthy lives, said: “HIV can affect anyone, and World Aids Day is a day when we highlight the stigma and discrimination still surrounding HIV, and commemorate the 35 million people who have died from HIV or AIDS related illnesses. There are now many measures available for prevention and treatment. Early diagnosis is key and free, confidential testing is available at clinics in the borough, through the online e-service for self-testing and also at open access NHS sexual health services across London.”
Councillor Aysha Raza added: “Globally there are an estimated 38 million people who are living with HIV and currently over 105,000 people who have it in the UK. World Aids Day tackles stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV, secures the rights of people living with HIV. Testing and support are available all year round, for free, in NHS sexual health clinics, the London online e-service and through outreach partners.”
Free testing is available for anyone and is offered in NHS sexual health clinics, the London online e-service and through Spectra in Ealing.
John Dugdale, from Spectra said: “Spectra provides regular testing opportunities within the local communities, in various venues and locations. Enabling people to test regularly for HIV and STI’s, quickly and confidentially by experienced workers. We are able to provide referral pathways into statutory services and signpost to additional health related agencies for the residents of Ealing and nearby. Testing regularly reduces the chance of late diagnosis and is so easy with just a finger prick and 15 minutes of your time.”
Links to testing along with help and support
- London Northwest Healthcare Trust
- Terrence Higgins Trust
- For home testing for HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Support for People Living with or affected by HIV