Aston Villa star players Gary Gardner and Leandro Bacuna are supporting the national charity Saving Lives during this year’s National HIV Testing Week.
One in five of all those infected with HIV in the UK do not know they are infected. Saving Lives is therefore encouraging people to take a simple test this November.
The charity is providing free home testing kits through their website, www.takeatestuk.com, between the start of NHTW on 19th November and World AIDS Day on December 1st.
“There are a lot of myths about HIV and getting tested,” says Gary. “The truth is that people with HIV can live a long and full life with today’s medicines. But you have to get tested before you can get the treatment you need.”
Saving Lives is enjoying support for their campaign from a number of professional footballers. “We’re all about fighting the stigma that still means people don’t get tested,” says the charity’s Medical Director, Dr Steve Taylor.
“Our home testing kits are NHS-standard – but are delivered to whatever address you like, making them very private and convenient.”
The free tests arrive in unmarked envelopes and allow people to take their sample in their own time. They can then send it off to the Public Health England laboratory, and get their results back in days.
“It’s just about staying healthy,” explains Leandro. “I’m supporting Saving Lives because a simple test really can do just that. Anyone can become infected with HIV – so it makes sense to take the test.”
Order your free HIV home testing kit at www.takeatestuk.com using the code SAVE16.