07:55AM, Sunday 02 February 2014
A quicker and easier way to test people for HIV was launched by a sexual health charity on Monday.
The Thames Valley Positive Support (TVPS) Time to Test project involves a non-invasive oral swab being rubbed once along the upper and lower gums, and gives results in just 20 minutes.
The Slough-based charity has also ensured testing is available both inside and outside standard working hours to allow as many people as possible the chance to be tested.
Afterwards they are provided with a three-month supply of condoms and lubrication.
Sarah Macadam, chief executive of TVPS, said: "With this project our aim is to bring down the high prevalence of HIV in Berkshire.
"This won't happen overnight and will be a long-term task, but we feel with projects such as Time to Test, we can achieve this."
Slough has previously been labelled a 'HIV hot spot' by the Department of Health, with a higher rate than many UK cities.
The project was made possible using cash from the MAC AIDS Fund.
Time to Test will be held at various venues throughout Berkshire.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.timetotest.org.uk to book an appointment or find out more.
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