People encouraged to get tested for HIV

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People are being encouraged to have themselves tested for HIV as part of a national campaign.

Milton Keynes has seen year on year increases in the numbers diagnosed with the disease with the latest figures showing a steady rise in the number of cases in the 15 to 59 age range with the average from 2.34 per 1000 in 2010 to 2.46 in 2011 to 2.7 in 2012.

National HIV Testing week takes place between November 22 and 29 and this year’s campaign will raise awareness of the benefits of being tested and increase the number of people seeking and taking up the offer of HIV testing, particularly adults of Black African origin and men who have sex with men.

To support people a new website has been launched about contraception and sexual health services across Milton Keynes at www.safesexinmkcity.co.uk. The introduction of the offer of a rapid HIV test for everyone newly registering at a GP practice in Milton Keynes has also been offered.

Free and confidential HIV tests are available at a number of locations including Fishermead Medical Centre on Mondays between 1pm and 4pm, CMK Medical Centre in Bradwell Common on Wednesdays between 3pm and 6pm, Broughton Gate Medical Centre every 1, 3, and 5 Saturday of the month between 10am and 2pm and Spotlight, Serpentine Court on Mondays between 10am and 12pm.

Full sexual health screens, including HIV tests, are available at Sexual Health Milton Keynes. People can get in contact by calling 0300 3038273 or by visiting www.sexualhealthmk.nhs.uk for appointment times and further information.

For further information contact Maureen Moth - Directorate Secretary for Public Health on 01908 254241 or email at maureen.moth@milton-keynes.gov.uk