Dr Lisa Cameron MP hailed Testing Week, which kicked off yesterday [Monday 11th September], as a progressive effort to tackle tackle increasing rates of HIV, hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections in the country.
More people than ever before are living with HIV in Scotland, with 1 in 7 people unaware they have the virus, while a shocking 40% of those with hepatitis C remain undiagnosed.
Testing Week Scotland, which runs from the 11 -17 September 2017, will aim to tackle these high rates and improve sexual health.
Dr Lisa Cameron MP said,
“Breaking down the taboo around talking about these kind of diseases and infections means that we can decrease the numbers of people contracting these viruses. The more that people are aware of them, the more they can protect themselves against it.”
This year’s Testing Week activities in Scotland have been coordinated by Hepatitis Scotland, HIV Scotland, Positive Help, SX, Terrence Higgins Trust and Waverley Care, in partnership with NHS health boards. During Testing Week a range of public messages will be promoted across Scotland, highlighting the range of services that are available so people can take control of their health.