A London based charity has opened four new HIV testing clinics in black churches in and near London – Southwark, New Cross, Wood Green and Dagenham – to combat the high rate of HIV among African people living in the UK.
The churches are: Mountain Movers Chapel International, Southwark, London SE17 1JJ; Living Flames Baptist Church, Cotesbrooke Street, New Cross, SE14 6HG; Dominion Centre, 9 The Broadway, High Road, Wood Green, London N22 6DS; and The Church Of Pentecost UK, 746 Green Lane, Dagenham, London, Essex RM8 1YX.
Latest Health Protection Agency figures show that 2.8 people in every 1000 in the UK have HIV (aged 15 – 59) – yet the HIV prevalence rate among black-African heterosexuals is 56 per 1,000 population aged 15-59 years (41 per 1,000 men and 71 per 1,000 women).
The ActionPlus Foundation believes that Africans in the UK who have HIV are afraid to be tested or admit to infection, because of social stigma and the risk of being thrown out of their churches. So it is offering medical testing in church based clinics with trained health specialists and a training programme for church leaders.