Transport for London and Terrence Higgins Trust have done it again – they held the largest workplace HIV testing event in the UK for the second year in a row.
This event was held amongst National HIV Testing Week, and aimed to expand upon the 90 TfL employees who got tested for HIV last year. These tests were offered at King’s Cross St Pancras International, as well as several TfL offices.
As we detailed earlier this week, National HIV Testing Week is aimed at increasing awareness and accessibility of HIV testing across the country, and hopes to tackle stigma surrounding the process as well as normalising it in the public eye.
Dr Olivia Carlton OBE, TfL’s Head of Occupational Health, said: “We are proud to be supporting National HIV Testing Week. We believe it’s hugely important for our staff to have access to HIV testing and are aware of the benefits of getting an early diagnosis. We hope that lots of our employees take this opportunity, especially those that have not considered being tested before.”
Ian Green, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, added: “Last year, TfL broke the record for the biggest workplace HIV testing event and we’re really excited that our ground-breaking partnership will return for this year’s National HIV Testing Week. Almost half of all new HIV diagnoses are made in London. As one of London’s biggest and most diverse employers, TfL can make a huge difference in helping to normalise HIV testing and busting stigma across the city.”
“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.”
Tim Martineau, Chief of Staff, UNAIDS, said: “Globally around 43 per cent of the 37 million people living with HIV don’t know they have the virus. Initiatives like Transport for London’s workplace testing event are critically important to get people talking about HIV, to break down the barriers of stigma and to allow people to make informed decisions about their own health.”
It’s not too late to take advantage of the pop up stations for HIV testing, or to get yourself down to a local clinic for testing. For more information, check out this article.