National HIV Testing Week launches in Brent

PUBLISHED: 06:30 16 November 2016

Shops in Brent are backing the  launch of National HIV Testing Week

Shops in Brent are backing the launch of National HIV Testing Week


Residents in Brent are being encouraged to get tested for HIV as a national awareness week launches in the borough.

National HIV Testing Week, which runs from November 19-26, is run by Terrence Higgins Trust on behalf of HIV Prevention England.

A series of events throughout the week encourages people to take a painless, simple and quick test, particularly those most at-risk of HIV, including homosexual men and black African people.

The Terrence Higgins Trust will be at Willesden Green Library in the High Road on Monday, Central Middlesex Hospital on Wednesday and on Friday will be at the Brent Civic Centre Library in Wembley and the Methodist Church in Harlesden providing information and advice about sexual health and where and when to test for HIV in Brent.

Badru Male, community engagement officer at Terrence Higgins Trust Brent, said: “We’re encouraging local people here in Brent to find out more about HIV and sexual health this National HIV Testing Week.

“We’ll be at local library’s, local colleges, churches and the hospital during the week offering advice and information, and encouraging anyone who might be at risk to come and get a free, confidential HIV test.

“Today, if you test positive, effective treatment means you can live as long as anyone else, and when the amount of the virus in your blood is reduced to undetectable levels, this means you cannot pass on HIV. Testing puts you in control and is nothing to be feared.”

Dr Christian Jessen, television presenter and supporter of National HIV Testing Week, said: “I’m a fervent champion of National HIV Testing Week. I often find that people are really afraid of taking an HIV test – it can sound like a daunting prospect, but honestly it isn’t. Testing puts you in control.

“Many people living with HIV do not know they have it – and are therefore likely to unwittingly pass on the virus. On the other hand, those who get a positive result and onto effective treatment can live a long and healthy life, and cannot pass on HIV to others. It’s a no brainer.

“The challenge is now to bust the stigma that stops people getting tested in the first place. The sooner we can do that, the quicker we can stop HIV.”

Terrence Higgins Trust in Brent provides support, information and advice as well as chlamydia screening for young people ages 15 to 24.

For more information about National HIV Testing Week, go to

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories

Yesterday, 17:08

Tributes have been paid to a young Wembley mum who was stabbed to death in south London this week.

Yesterday, 11:32

A Kensal Rise actor is joining celebrities to strut his stuff on Strictly Come Dancing

Yesterday, 09:45

A gravely ill pensioner whose life was saved when police broke down her door was ordered by her landlord to get it repaired – even though she was in hospital.

Yesterday, 09:34

Pupils at Capital City Academy have no regrets staying for sixth form after achieving the grades they needed to go forward.

Yesterday, 09:33

Police are trying to find Rachael Joseph who has been missing since yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday, 08:54

The senior coroner for inner north London has issued a prevention of future deaths report after a jury found safety and emergency procedures at Bannatyne Health Club in Maida Vale were “inadequate”.

Thu, 17:28

Two Ark Academy students are Cambridge University-bound after getting high marks in their A-levels.

Thu, 13:36

Pupils in Alperton braved the rain to collect a set of stunning A-level results.


The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

If you have been looking for laser hair removal, beauty salon treatments, or skin care services you may be confused and overwhelmed with so much information out there and so many clinics and salons promising miraculous results.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most Read Kilburn News

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now