Rapid HIV Testing first for Liverpool on World AIDS day

Press release 27 Nov 2009

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is leading a partnership with NHS Liverpool Community Health, the Health Protection Agency, Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Liverpool John Moores University, to offer a free, while you wait HIV testing service to anyone in Liverpool on 1, 2 and 3 December, on a drop-in basis with a result in 20 minutes.

Coinciding with world AIDS day on 1 December, this initiative is part of a global effort to tackle HIV and is particularly relevant to the theme of World AIDS Day 2009, which is ‘transforming the UK’s response to HIV’.

As a recognised leader in supporting rapid HIV testing in resource poor countries, LSTM has adapted a model developed by a Kenya-based organisation called Liverpool VCT. This new technology is now being used in Liverpool for the first time, partly in response to research by the National AIDS Trust, which demonstrates that public knowledge and understanding about HIV in the UK is declining.

Dr Miriam Taegtmayer of LSTM said: “Over 80,000 people in the UK are now living with HIV, with over a quarter unaware of their HIV status.  New infections continue to increase every year and if you think you are at risk of infection it is important to take an HIV test as soon as possible.  Treatment for HIV is improving and this free service gives people the opportunity to have an HIV test and get the result within 20 minutes.”

Pauline Jelliman, Specialist HIV Nurse for NHS Liverpool Community Health, said: "Being diagnosed with HIV should not be perceived as a death sentence.  Many people are living with HIV and leading normal lives.  However, it is vital that HIV is diagnosed early to enable the person to make lifestyle choices, be effectively monitored, and offered treatment which will keep them well.  We would urge anyone who fears they may have been exposed to HIV in the past, or recently, to think about getting tested so that they can either put their mind at rest if the test is negative or access help and support if it proves positive."

The service is available from 9.00 am until 6.00 pm on 1 December and from 12 pm to 7 pm on the 2nd and 3rd of December at the following venues:

  • Well Travelled Clinic (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) 
    Pembroke Place, Liverpool L3 5QA    0151 705 3223
  • Addaction 
    -11 Fleet Street, Liverpool L1 4AR    0151 706 7888
  • Hartington Road Family Health Clinic 
    Hartington Road, Toxteth, Liverpool L8 0SG   0151 285 2800
  • The Armistead Project 
    1 Stanley Street, Liverpool, L1 6AA   0151 227 1893
  • The Liverpool Centre for Sexual Health, 1st Floor, Royal Liverpool University Hospital 
    Prescot Street, Liverpool, L7 8XP    0151 706 2620.  Please note different opening times at this venue: 1stDec: 1.30 pm – 4 pm   2nd Dec: 9.00 am – 12.00 pm   3rd Dec: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, 3.00 pm – 6.30 pm

If you want an HIV test or have been thinking about getting a test why not drop in and find out more.  For further information you can email enquiries@liverpoolgetstested.org 



For further information and interview requests, please contact:

Alan Hughes, Communications Manager, LSTM 
Office: +44 (0)151 705 3308 
Mobile : +44 (0)7759 243969

Notes to Editors

  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) has been engaged in the fight against infectious, debilitating and disabling diseases for more than a hundred years and continues that tradition today with a research portfolio in excess of £130 million and a teaching programme attracting students from over 70 countries.
  • NHS Liverpool Community Health is at the heart of the delivery of healthcare within the communities of Liverpool and Merseyside. The organisation delivers healthcare and health promotion to the 450,000 residents of the city from over 60 community locations. Its core services include District Nursing, GPs, Community Matrons, School Nurses, Health Visitors, Dental Services, Walk-in Centres and Sexual Health.
  • Links for World AIDS Day logos can be found at www.worldaidsday.org/MediaCentre.aspx