Waverley Care is Scotland's HIV and hepatitis C charity.
Since 2010, our Highland team has been offering information, advice and support to people living with HIV across the region, alongside services to prevent new infections.
Thanks to the treatments that are now available, a person living with HIV can live a long healthy life. In fact, treatments are now so effective that they can prevent people from passing HIV on to their partners.
Despite these advances, HIV continues to affect some of the most vulnerable people in our society, often driven by stigma around what it means to live with the condition.
A key focus of our work in Highland is supporting people to access testing so that they can know their HIV status and take control of their health. Around 13% of people living with HIV have never been diagnosed, meaning they are unable to access life-saving treatment and increasing the chances that they will unknowingly pass the condition on to others.
We want to make testing as accessible as possible. We offer rapid HIV testing with results in 20 minutes from our base in Inverness and at outreach clinics in communities across the Highlands. These clinics also offer testing for hepatitis B and C.
HIV can affect anyone, but there are certain groups who are disproportionately affected who we particularly want to encourage to test. This includes gay and bisexual men, Africans living in Scotland and people with a history of injecting drug use.
When you come to us, we can talk you through the testing process, and are there to provide support with the result. If you have a negative test, we can offer advice to help you to avoid being at risk in the future, including our free Condoms by Post service. If you find out you are living with HIV, we are there to support your physical and emotional health, alongside providing practical advice on issues like treatment and disclosing your status to friends and family.
To find out more about our testing and other services, including when we will be in your area, contact Waverley Care Highland on 01463 711585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.