The coronavirus situation is presenting us with many difficult challenges, most of which we have never faced before. Restricted social contact, however, means an assumed drop in sexual contact, which is likely to lower the spread of STIs overall while contributing towards progress to eradicate HIV.

With the current restrictions in place, HIV transmission is likely to be decreasing. The majority of those at risk of HIV have now passed the standard “window” period – 28 days – which should have elapsed before getting tested. Therefore, now is the perfect opportunity to get tested for HIV if you are unsure about your status.

Figures by Public Health England indicate that transmission amongst gay and bisexual men fell 71 per cent between 2012 and 2018. This decline has been attributed to an increase in HIV testing, a rise in the use of PrEP and widespread access to treatment.

Zero-transmission target

After reaching the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets in 2018, the UK set a new goal to eliminate all new diagnoses of HIV and achieve zero-transmission by 2030.

To end transmission, testing is essential and is the only way to be sure whether you have HIV or not. An HIV test is quick, simple, and could save your life. Early detection and treatment are vital to protect your long-term health and prevent passing HIV to others unknowingly.

Know your HIV status

Getting tested for HIV before the lockdown ends will help to prevent transmission of HIV and give you peace of mind surrounding your HIV status.

Better2Know can help you to get tested. With our Home Testing Kits, you can collect your finger-prick blood sample and post it to our laboratory for testing. Should you test positive, our advisors will discuss the next steps to take and help you to access treatment. Remember, it is always better to know.


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