HIV Testing Kit
Home sampling HIV testing service for Bedford Borough
and Central Bedfordshire residents – http://www.freetesting.hiv/
National HIV Testing Week starts on Saturday
19 November. Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils work
together with Public Health England to provide free HIV home
sampling kits to local residents.
The kit arrives in the post and all that is
needed is a simple blood spot sample, which is sent back to the
laboratory for testing. The results are provided within five
working days and support is available from a confidential clinical
There are around 100,000 people in the UK
living with HIV, which includes 18,100 people who are unaware that
they are HIV positive. Higher risk groups include men who have sex
with men and women and men from black African communities.
Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for
Public Health at Bedford Borough Council said: “HIV, like other
sexually transmitted infections, can show no symptoms, so you may
have an infection and not know about it. This is why it is a good
idea to undergo a quick and easy test for HIV, to put your mind at
Cllr Maurice Jones, Executive Member for
Health at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “It always pays to
make sure you’re clear of any infection or virus, and this is
particularly true of something like HIV.
“As well as preventing the further spread of
HIV, testing also ensures that those who are HIV positive get the
treatment they need. Improved treatment options for HIV means those
who are diagnosed early can have a life expectancy almost matching
that of people who are HIV free.”
National HIV testing week aims to raise
awareness of HIV and to encourage people to get tested regularly.
Regular testing will reduce the number of people being diagnosed
late, which will significantly improve their health, increase their
life expectancy and reduce the rate of new infections.
Home sampling kits are available now at
There are a range of sexual health services
available across Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire that
provide free, non-judgemental and confidential HIV
testing. Please visit http://www.icash.nhs.uk/ to find a
clinic near you.