Free, fast and confidential tests will be available in Kirklees during National HIV Testing Week, which has just been launched.
A finger pinprick test is all it takes and the results are available just 20 minutes later.
The council’s partners are The Brunswick Centre, which provides sexual health and HIV services, and the charity Lifeline.
For the past 12 months The Brunswick Centre, based at St Andrew’s Road, Huddersfield, has offered free testing at community events across Kirklees. Both the Centre and Lifeline also offer testing by appointment.
There are currently some 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK. One in four are undiagnosed, making them more likely to pass on the virus to others. Getting tested in Kirklees is fast, free, flexible and confidential.
The Brunswick Centre’s John Mckernaghan said “Once diagnosed, anyone who tests positive is fast tracked to the sexual health clinic and given access to excellent treatment and care services in Kirklees.”
One local person who was tested said: “Although I was shocked that I tested positive, the support I received was really good, I now have peace of mind and my health has never been better.”
Another person said: “‘I was a bit apprehensive about the test, but it was easy and I knew within half an hour I don’t have HIV, so a big thank you.”
Clr Viv Kendrick, Kirklees Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Communities, added: “New drugs mean that people living with HIV are surviving into old age, but early diagnosis is key to getting the best possible treatment.
“Our partnerships with the Brunswick Centre and Lifeline means getting tested is easier than ever – a simple finger prick print test that can offer piece of mind and allow people to take control of their own health.”
Condoms still offer the best protection against HIV and other and are freely available from sexual health clinics and the Brunswick Centre.