Tesco Extra to offer HIV testing in Slough

HIV testing is set to be provided in a supermarket in Slough.

Sexual health charity Thames Valley Positive Support (TVPS) will offer the service in a Tesco Extra store.

It is hoped that allowing individuals to be tested for the condition in a location that is very familiar to them will help to normalise the idea.

A private room will be set aside in the retailer's store for the charity to determine the HIV status of the public. It will start on May 19th and will take place every Monday for the next six weeks between the hours of 17:00 BST and 20:00. 

Chief executive of TVPS Sarah Macadam told BBC News: "We've done community testing for a little while in other charity premises, but now we are looking to move more into the community.

"The idea is that we want to normalise HIV testing and the best way to do that is in everyday environments. It's about using environments where people feel comfortable."

She spoke of the desire to extend this into other common locations, such as leisure centres, gyms and shops.

Slough has previously been highlighted as a part of the country where the condition is rife. 

It is believed approximately 100,000 people in the UK have the infection, according to Public Health England. However, the concerning factor is that as many as one-fifth of these are unaware they have the condition.

Over the last ten years, the quantity of individuals receiving specialist care for HIV has increased dramatically.

In 2012, more than 77,000 people accessed it, which is more than double the 35,970 who did so in 2003. 

Anybody wanting to find out more or book a slot can phone 01628 603400 or send an email to test@tvps.org.uk