At the moment around 100,000 people in Britain are living with HIV, and it is estimated that as many as one in four of them don’t know they are infected. It’s hoped that making HIV tests much more accessible will encourage many people to take control over their own health.
HIV Testing has been available for just under 30 years, presently it’s available from GU clinics and registered testing centres such as LASS and from April next year, home testing for HIV will become legal in the UK.
To slow down the spread of HIV and help people to access treatment, LASS invests in rapid testing services in community settings. There is particularly low uptake in some African communities, so LASS trains volunteers from these communities to carry out testing and to provide information.
We provide testing at a range of events and venues including African football tournaments to reach people who otherwise wouldn’t be tested. We also provide services for people with HIV who maybe coping with other issues like poor mental health. We also provide healthy living training.
If you would like to join the team and become a community HIV tester with LASS, we are running training sessions this Thursday and Friday (26th & 27th September) – from 9.30 to 4.30 on both days at The Michael Wood Centre.
This course is available to LASS volunteers only.
The course covers theory and practice about HIV transmission, Basic HIV knowledge, treatment and benefits of testing, Pre-test “discussion” and information, Sharing test results, Inclusive practices and consideration of different communities and cultures, Role play scenarios, Procedures to use testing kits and Working with different clients. Following the training, you will need to complete a written test.