HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland is to expland its network of rapid HIV testing clinics to include two locations in Lanarkshire.
The new sessions will run every Tuesday in Cumbernauld and every Thursday in East Kilbride.
The Cumbernauld clinic will begin on Tuesday 28th January at Cumbernauld Health Centre, North Carbrain Road and will run from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
The East Kilbride clinic will start on Thursday 23rd January in the Murray Owen Centre, Liddell Grove from 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
The rapid testing service, which is called ‘Fastest’, is free and confidential. Testing is done using a finger prick blood test, with the results provided within one hour. Those who attend the clinic will be given information and support before and after the test, and those who test positive will be quickly referred to a specialist clinic. Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland staff will also provide free condoms, information and advice on safer sex.
Robert McKay, National Director for Terrence Higgins Trust in Scotland, said: “With advances in HIV testing and treatment, there are now far more reasons to know your HIV status than there are not to. It used to be that you’d have to wait weeks for a result, but the modern tests we use will have you in and out in under an hour. We’re delighted to be expanding our existing ‘Fastest’ service into Lanarkshire, and hope we can encourage more people to come forward for testing and reduce undiagnosed HIV locally.”
For more information on Terrence Higgins Trust’s ‘Fastest’ clinics in Lanarkshire, please call 0141 332 3838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org