Balloons soar into sky over Sheffield for HIV week

Sheffield Centre for HIV and Sexual Health pictured releasing balloons in Barkers Pool to mark HIV testing week.LtoR. Helen Shipley,Amy Buddery,Cllr Clive Skelton,Steve Slack
Sheffield Centre for HIV and Sexual Health pictured releasing balloons in Barkers Pool to mark HIV testing week.LtoR. Helen Shipley,Amy Buddery,Cllr Clive Skelton,Steve Slack
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White balloons were released into the skies over Sheffield as part of a week of events raising awareness of the importance of HIV testing.

The balloons were freed in Barker’s Pool to symbolise lives lost as a result of late or undiagnosed HIV infection, while health workers offered free home sampling kits.

Steve Slack, from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ Centre for HIV and Sexual Health, said: “It is important to know your HIV status to protect yourself and your partner and look after your health.

“Peace of mind is also a major benefit.”

A special drop-in clinic is happening at the Department of Infection and Tropical Medicine in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, from 9am to midday today.

Events will finish with a World Aids Day vigil in the Winter Gardens on Sunday.

Visit www.hivpreventionengland.org.uk for more information.