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HIV testing at Brighton Student Pride celebration
9:30am Friday 1st March 2013 in News
A charity is using Student Pride this weekend to encourage people to get themselves tested for HIV.
Students from around the country will be in the city today (March 1), tomorrow and Sunday, March 3 for the annual celebration.
Staff from the Terrence Higgins Trust will have a stall inside the Brighton Dome from noon to 5pm tomorrow to give people the chance to sign up to receive an HIV sampling kit through the post.
The service requires the user to provide a finger-prick of blood, which they then send to the lab for testing.
Users should receive their result within a week of them returning the sample.
Staff and volunteers from the charity will also hand out free condoms and offer advice.
Gay and bisexual men remain one of the groups most at risk of HIV infection in the UK.
Justin Harbottle, from the charity's Brighton office, said: “With a higher proportion of younger gay men being diagnosed with HIV than there have been in previous years, it is vital that sexual health services engage with the younger members of the gay community.”
For more information on the charity, call 01273 764200 or email email@example.com.
For more details on student pride, visit www.studentpride.co.uk/sp2013.
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