Blues Club Captain Paul Robinson and and the side’s longest-serving current player, Jonathan Spector, have leant their support to the Brum-based national charity Saving Lives in a bid to improve the second city’s health through HIV testing.
More than 18,000 people in the UK are infected with HIV without knowing their status. Saving Lives promotes the simple blood test that helps people access today’s life-saving treatment.
During this year’s National HIV Testing Week, and right up until World AIDS Day on December 1st, the charity is providing free home testing kits through their website, www.takeatestuk.com.
“Jonathan and I have been supporting Saving Lives for five years now,” says Paul. “Every year they do something special, but this year it’s great to see them giving people free access to a test which really can save lives.”
The charity’s Medical Director, Dr Steve Taylor, says it’s all about busting myths. “There’s a lot of stigma around HIV, but the truth is anyone can get it and people can now live full and long lives with the virus. Our home testing kits are confidential and can be done in the comfort of your own home.”
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.
“You wouldn’t say no to any medical test that a doctor recommended,” explains Jonathan. “HIV’s no different – it’s best to make sure, and this free test is a great way to be on the safe side.”
Order your free HIV home testing kit at www.takeatestuk.com using the code SAVE16.