This week is National HIV Testing Week

Published Monday 5 February 2024 at 16:37

From February 6th to 8th, pop-up testing and information stations will be arriving in the community in BwD, aiming to reduce the numbers of undiagnosed people and those diagnosed late with HIV.

The only way to know if you have acquired HIV, is by having a test. People living with HIV, diagnosed early and on effective treatment, can live as well as any other person.

Effective medication can also mean that the person becomes ‘undetectable’, which means they cannot pass on the virus to anyone else.

The pop ups will be run by teams from sexual health service Renaissance UK as part of Healthier Living in Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.

  • Tuesday, Feb 6th – Blackburn College – offering an information and testing event with colleagues from Brook Sexual Health Charity.
  • Wednesday, February 7thBlackburn Rovers Football Ground – Health Drop In – 10am – 4pm – Come along and meet the team at this free health drop in.
  • Thursday, February 8th – Darwen Leisure Centre – from 9.30am – 5.30pm offering free testing, information and advice.

People in Blackburn with Darwen can call their sexual health service at Brook on 01254 268700, or visit the website,

You can order a FREE postal testing kit, if you are resident in Blackburn with Darwen, from SH:24 by visiting

You can also speak to your GP Practice, or Health Centre, about HIV testing, or contact Sexual Health Practitioners at Renaissance UK for more information:

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