203A national campaign to raise awareness about HIV testing is being supported in County Durham.

Durham County Council’s Public Health team is backing the campaign – National HIV Testing Week – which starts on Saturday (Nov 21).

It is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of being tested if people think they may be at risk of contracting HIV.

Anna Lynch, director of public health at Durham County Council, said: “While the numbers of people living with HIV in County Durham remains low, increased testing and earlier identification means people with HIV can live longer and more fulfilled lives.

“Those most at risk of contracting HIV include those who have different sexual partners and who do not use condoms.

“We are supporting National HIV Testing Week to encourage those who may be at risk to get tested.”

Anyone who would like to book a HIV test should contact their local sexual health clinic. These are based at University Hospital of North Durham, Bishop Auckland General Hospital and Darlington Memorial Hospital.

People can get further information about how to contact their local sexual health clinic at www.cddft.nhs.uk/sexual-health-services

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