Get tested in November

ACT Testing Month is well underway and many people have already been tested during November.

People living in Canberra at risk of contracting blood-borne viruses such as Hepatitis, HIV or a Sexually Transmitted Infection have been urged to put their health first during ACT Testing Month in November.

ACT Testing Month is championed by the ACT Government and community organisations to raise awareness of Hepatitis, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections and encourage the community to get tested and if necessary ask about treatment.

There is an urgent need to ensure that appropriate education, information and support is reaching those at risk. More than 225,000 Australians are living with hepatitis B, but less than five per cent are receiving treatment. There is no such thing as being a healthy carrier of hepatitis B – it is vital to have your liver checked regularly which will help determine the best time to start treatment.

Hepatitis ACT Executive Officer John Didlick said “We encourage Canberrans who might be living with viral hepatitis, HIV and STIs to take action now by getting tested. Knowing either way is empowering and enables a person to take better care of themselves and others.”

“Under-diagnosis and late diagnoses are concerning. For example, every second person living with hepatitis B and one in six people with hepatitis C don’t yet know it,” said John Didlick.

In Canberra ACT Testing Month provides for a comprehensive screening for Hepatitis, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections, rapid HIV testing is also available at some sites.

Ask your GP for a test, see the ACT Testing Month website at www.testingmonth.info or ask at any of the Testing Month partner organisations about extra testing events and dates during November.

Visit the Testing Month website at: testingmonth.info

Further information: AIDS Action Council Executive Director Philippa Moss 0418 191 967.

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