HIV roadshow Gympie-bound
THE HIV Foundation Queensland will bring its new Rapid Roadshow vehicles to Gympie next week in an Australian first concept aimed at raising awareness.
Two of the Foundation's Community HIV Education and Prevention (CHEP) Program vehicles will be parked at the Gold City Centre Stage on Monday, November 10, from noon-4pm, offering 20-minute rapid HIV testing.
Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the roadshow message of Get HIV informed, Get HIV tested was an important one for Queenslanders.
"HIV testing and treatment have changed significantly in recent years.
"This initiative of the CHEP program and the HIV Foundation Queensland aims to provide information and education to Queenslanders so they can become HIV informed," Mr Springborg said.
"If you or someone you know are at risk of HIV, the CHEP team will be on hand to the provide details of the closest location where you can be HIV tested.
"Rapid HIV testing is a quick, convenient option for anyone at risk to get HIV tested and is available at numerous locations across Queensland."
HIV Foundation CEO Tony Majer said with an estimated 3500 people living with HIV in Queensland, initiatives like the Rapid Roadshow were essential as we worked toward reducing HIV transmissions.
"The Rapid Roadshow is an important opportunity for us to reach a wide audience across Queensland with the Get HIV informed, Get HIV tested message.
"Knowing your status means you can take precautions to prevent yourself from passing the virus on.
"The earlier HIV is detected, the better your chances of living a longer, healthier life by accessing appropriate treatment."