HIV, hepatitis B and C tests are invited at HIV prevention points

HIV, hepatitis B and C tests are invited at HIV prevention points
HIV, hepatitis B and C tests are invited at HIV prevention points

From May 20 to 27, the European spring testing week will take place throughout Europe and also in Latvia. Specialists of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) invite citizens to take advantage of the opportunity to take a test for HIV, hepatitis B and C free of charge and anonymously.

Every year, HIV prevention points throughout Latvia participate in the activities of the European Testing Week in order to promote the awareness of Latvian citizens about the need for HIV and hepatitis tests and the importance of early detection of infection. Since these infectious diseases can go unnoticed for a long time due to the absence of symptoms and signs, it is important to check your health by getting tested.

Taking express tests at the points is free, anonymous and confidential, besides, the visitor receives a specialist’s consultation before and after taking the test. You can find out the test result after 20 minutes. “A couple of drops of blood are taken from the finger, and after 20 minutes the result is ready. It is a very simple, convenient and fast way to check your HIV, Hepatitis B and C status. We recommend that sexually active people take such a test once a year,” says Kristīne Ozoliņa, senior health promotion coordinator of the Department of Disease Prevention at SPKC.

Currently, a total of 28 HIV prevention points operate in Latvia, of which 27 points perform express testing in different Latvian cities. In addition, as part of the testing week, field testing will also be held at Latvian higher education institutions, social services, and shelters, thus ensuring an even wider availability of testing for the population.

More about the activities of the testing week here:

You can learn about how express testing works here:

More information about HIV prevention points can be found on the SPKC website:

The article is in Latvian


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