The primary aim of Testing Week Scotland is to encourage individuals who may have been at risk of HIV, hepatitis C, hepatitis B or an STI to access testing. The key theme of the campaign for 2017 is #KnowYourRisk – raising awareness of the different ways that the infections can be passed on, and helping people to consider whether they should access testing.
Below is a list of Injecting Equipment Provision Clinics (IEP) where you can get tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. If you would like to know more about local testing services, including STI testing sites please click here
|Monday, Wednesday and Friday||1.30pm||4.30pm||Bentinck Centre, Kilmarnock|
|Tuesday and Thursday||2pm||4.15pm||Health Centre, Cumnock|
|Tuesday||5.30pm||7pm||Bentinck Centre, Kilmarnock|
|Thursday||9.30am||12.30pm||Bentinck Centre, Kilmarnock|
|Days of Week||Open||Close||Location|
|Monday||6pm||8pm||Health Centre, Stevenston|
|Wednesday||2pm||4pm||Kilbirnie Health Centre|
|Wednesday||3pm||6pm||Ballot Road, Irvine|
|Thursday||2pm||4pm||Brooksby Health Centre (upstairs)|
|Days of Week||Open||Close||Location|
|Friday||2pm||4pm||North Ayr Health Centre, Ayr|
Sexually transmitted infections and contraception
Friday 8th September 2017, 9.30am – 5pm, Training Centre, Room 1, Ayrshire Central Hospital
Blood Borne Virus Level 2 – BBV Awareness and social issues
Tuesday 19th September 2017, 9.30am – 5pm, MacDonald Education Centre, Common Room 2, University Hospital, Ayr
World Hepatitis Day is one of only 8 campaigns that is supported by the World Health Organisation. The campaign takes place every year on 28th July and the aim is to increase awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it can cause.
This year’s campaign aims to encourage people that may have put themselves at risk to get tested and get treated.
New hepatitis C treatments work well which give most people at least a 90% chance of clearing the virus with fewer side effects than previous treatments options. If you would like more information please Click Here.
If you would like to download a copy of the Poster please Click Here
Hepatitis Scotland co-ordinated a nationwide art project which explores identity and stigma issues faced by people affected by hepatitis C. A local art workshop took place at the Kilmarnock Heritage Centre to help people express the mental and physical challenges that living with hepatitis C can cause. It is fascinating to see the different ways people choose to express their emotions through art, and the different experiences of life people have before and after hepatitis C treatment. The artwork shown here illustrates the impact of stigma and highlights that access to treatment and support can produce positive outcomes.
We would like to thank all individuals who took part in this project.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is now available to men who have sex with men (MSM) who are up to and including 45 years of age.
The vaccine will help prevent HPV infection which can cause genital warts and certain types of cancer. It is especially important for those who are living with HIV and those who have more than one partner.
Please click here for all information.
Click here for information on training that is delivered by the Prevention & Service Support Team
Did you know that you can get a card (Ccard) that allows you to get free condoms for a variety of outlets, across Ayrshire. To obtain a card you need to sign up. This involves a short confidential discussion with a Sign Up Facilitator, they will talk about condom or dam use, what to do if a condom bursts, sexually transmitted infections and, if necessary, sexual health or relationship issues, and they will direct you to other professionals, if necessary. Although the Sign Up Facilitator will ask for your name, address and age, the only information that you have to give is the first part of your postcode and your date of birth. You will then be given your C Card. Click here for a list of Sign Up points.
Once you have your Ccard, you can use this is a number of outlets across Ayrshire ranging from pharmacies, to youth clubs and some GP surgeries, for a full list of distribution points Click here