#KnowYourRisk - Testing Week Scotland: 11-17 September 2017

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Monday 11th September 2017

Testing week 2017

Today Scotland’s first ever testing week kicks off to 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 8 people with HIV unaware they have the virus, while a shocking 40% of those with hepatitis C remain undiagnosed.

Leading third sector organisations are together encouraging Scots to #KnowYourRisk, by raising awareness of the different ways STIs, HIV and hepatitis can be passed on, so people can assess whether they have been at risk, and do something about it.

By getting people to know their risk and take action, the week will help stop the transmission of these conditions, and put people in control of their health.

In 2016, 285 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in Scotland, with gay and bisexual men, and people who inject drugs, most affected. In the same year, 1,594 people were diagnosed with hepatitis C, with people who inject drugs most affected.

Organisations including Hepatitis Scotland, HIV Scotland, Positive Help, SX, Terrence Higgins Trust, Waverley Care and NHS boards across the country, are encouraging people to explore the range of testing options now available and find the right one for them.

Speaking on behalf of the Testing Week Scotland Action Group, George Valiotis said: “It’s important people test and get treatment. Today, effective treatments mean that people with HIV can live a long and healthy life, and can’t pass it on, while hepatitis C can be cured, and STIs can be treated effectively. But undiagnosed and untreated HIV, hepatitis C and other STIs can cause major health complications.”

Tests are available from sexual health clinics, GPs, community services and online to test at home.

To find out more about Testing Week Scotland and how to get a test, visit www.KnowYourRisk.scot

You can also show your support by adding the Testing Week Scotland Twibbon to your social media profiles and sharing.