A Slough based charity is to trial rapid HIV testing in a local supermarket with the aim of reducing the number of undiagnosed people and to normalise HIV testing
Thames Valley Positive Support (TVPS) has started a six week trial where rapid finger-prick HIV testing will be offered in the Tesco Extra store in Central Slough. The tests will give results in 60 seconds.
The trial, dubbed ‘The Time To Test’, will start on Monday 19th May and run for six weeks, which the charity hopes to extend if the service proves popular.
Sarah Macadam, chief executive of TVPS, said:
“We’ve done community testing for a little while in other charity premises, but now we are looking to move more into the community.
“The idea is that we want to normalise HIV testing and the best way to do that is in every day environments.”
“It’s about using environments where people feel comfortable. In future we would like to branch out into leisure centres, gyms and other shops.”
Initially the testing will be done on an appointment only basis, and those interested should contact Sarah, Vicky or Jess from TVPS on either 01628 603400 or e-mail email@example.com.
For more information on TVPS please head to their website: www.tvps.org.uk