Pop-up seems to be the word of the moment. There are pop-up shops, pop-up cafes and even pop-up malls. So, why not pop-up HIV testing? Well, that’s exactly what we thought and that’s one of the reasons why we have a series of pop-up HIV clinics across London on different days of the week. As well as testing at one-off events such as pride and music festivals, we have set venues where we can do fee, rapid, HIV tests. The main fixed pop-up clinics are:
Ku Bar Frith St – every Saturday 2-6pm .
Expectations shop, Shoreditch – every Thursday 5-7pm (with Positive East).
Chariots Sauna Shoreditch – every Wednesday and Thursday 5-7.30pm (with St Bart’s clinic and THT).
GAY – every Wednesday 3.30-6.30pm, (with 56 Dean Street).
Other Chariots Saunas – every Friday rotating amongst: Vauxhall, Limehouse, Waterloo and Stretham.
In all venues we have a private confidential space where you can test with a healthrainer, who you can also ask any questions about HIV and STI transmission and risk. The test just involves a finger prick, so there are no big needles, like the ones involved in a full blood test, and you get the result within a couple of minutes, so what’s stopping you? We can meet you at the pop-up testing venues, or we can even take you there if you’d feel more comfortable.
Some of the other advantages of pop-up testing are:
- It’s convenient, you don’t even need to go to a clinic.
- It’s friendly and does not involve speaking to a doctor or nurse.
- It is non-judgemental, free and only takes a couple of minutes.
Our pop-up testing has been a huge success and in the last 6 months we have tested almost 500 gay and bisexual men across London. One of the big advantages of pop-up testing is that we are more likely to test men who are having riskier sex and men who are less likely to test than those that would come along to a sexual health clinic.
For World Aids Day we are going to run a testing afternoon on Saturday 23rd November, 1-6pm, at both of the Ku Bars (Soho and China town). The aim is going to be to get as many men as possible to test and our staff and volunteers will be out in the street around Soho/China town promoting the day, so say hi if you see us and come along if you can make it! There will be more information on the testing day nearer the time so keep your eyes peeled!