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Saturday 03 February 2024

Brighton Student Nurse Teams With Charity To Provide HIV Testing On Campus

Nursing student, Vincent Lane, has teamed up with the Terrence Higgins Trust to provide free HIV testing on University of Brighton campuses next week. 

The two-day testing campaign is a personal project of the 51-year-old student mental health nurse, which was inspired by lessons in HIV complex care.  

Vincent decided to take action to raise awareness about HIV after becoming concerned about the misconceptions and stigma associated with the disease. 

His goal is to get more people to know their status as a way of reducing the spread of infections. 

With help from academic staff at the University of Brighton's School of Sport and Health Sciences, the second-year student secured support from Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK's largest HIV and sexual health charity, to provide safe and confidential testing for all students and staff of the university. 

Vincent Lane said: 

"I was inspired by the learning on my course to think about HIV testing opportunities for fellow students and it became my project to promote HIV awareness in my academic environment. 

"It's clear there's a stigma associated with HIV disease which could be stopping people from getting tested. 

"Testing is really important to stop HIV being passed on, as many people get HIV from an infected person who is unaware of their status." 

With the number of infections among heterosexual people on the rise, Vincent hopes to use this testing event to sensitize the university community about options available for anyone living with HIV. 

Vincent added: 

"Back in February 2022, statistics from the UK Health Security Agency showed that, for the first time in a decade, the number of new HIV diagnoses was higher among heterosexuals than for gay and bisexual men. 

"It's important that people understand this reality and that more people, including heterosexuals get tested to avoid living with undiagnosed HIV." 

The free testing event is open to all University of Brighton students and staff on Tuesday 6 February at Falmer campus and Thursday 8 February at Moulsecoomb campus. The testing process is quick, safe, and confidential.  

by: Mike Cobley




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