November 22, 2016
National HIV Testing Week 2016
MASH is taking part in National HIV Testing Week 2016 and encouraging women to take a HIV test. 25 years ago the MASH support service began on an outreach van that offered women sex workers HIV testing and advice. Today the service has developed into a truly holistic support service that empowers women and changes lives.
Julie, the MASH Nurse, usually carries out around 80 HIV tests a year. Over National HIV Testing Week we are encouraging all the women we see at our Drop-In Centre to take a test by offering the Pin Prick test which uses a small drop of blood to detect HIV and can return results in 15 minutes. It is a realistic option for women who are intravenous drug users and may struggle to have their blood taken for tests if their veins are damaged.
Julie will be offering tests to women sex workers at the MASH Drop-In on:
Tues 22nd Nov: 7:00 pm—9:00 pm
Wed 23rd Nov: 12:30 pm—3:00 pm
Thurs 12:30 pm—3:00 pm
No appointment is needed
Julie, the experienced MASH Sexual Health Nurse, commented: ‘HIV tests are recommended as part of a routine sexual health check-up but you should get an HIV test if you think you have exposed yourself to risk – for example, if you have had sex without a condom with someone whose HIV status you do not know, or if you have shared injecting needles or drug equipment, or shared a banknote or straw to snort drugs .’