Nearly 300 people tested for HIV using mobile clinic

Croydon Guardian: Almost 300 people were tested when the mobile clinic toured Almost 300 people were tested when the mobile clinic toured

Almost 300 people were tested for HIV when a mobile clinic toured Croydon during a 10-day campaign encouraging people to get checked for the condition.

National HIV Test Week ran from November 22 until World Aids Day on December 1.

A mobile clinic visited West Croydon, Thornton Heath, Norbury, South Norwood, New Addington and North End, with 286 people getting tested. Those who turned up and were tested were able to find out the result in 15 minutes.

In Croydon, more than half of people with HIV get diagnosed late and almost 30 percent get diagnosed very late when their immune systems have already been damaged, which can lead to serious ill health.

But if caught early people can receive treatment to live a long and healthy life.

Councillor Margaret Mead, Croydon Council's cabinet member for adult services and health, said: "By going out into communities we were aiming to reach people who might not normally have an HIV test.

"We’re delighted with the high number of people who had a test.

"This campaign was about letting people know that the sooner they know they are infected, the quicker they can be treated before the onset of serious health problems."

For those who missed the mobile clinic, testing is available all year round at the Croydon Sexual Health Centre at Croydon University Hospital, and on Fridays between 2pm and 6pm at Edridge Road Community Health Centre, Croydon.

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