Tottenham Hotspur FC has teamed up with North Middlesex University Hospital to encourage people living in Haringey and Enfield to “get tested” if they don’t know their HIV status.
Left back Ben Davies, 24, and centre back Cameron Carter-Vickers, 19, were among a dozen Premiership players to lend their support to the national “Saving Lives Campaign”.
Ben and Cameron, who is currently on loan to Sheffield United, donned “Savings Lives” T-shirts and posed for photographs with “Get tested” placards.
It’s the latest in a series of links between the club and hospital to raise awareness of health issues like HIV and prostate cancer.
About 2,000 people in Enfield and Haringey live with HIV. Research shows one in five are still unaware of their HIV status and miss out on the great benefits of treatment. If left untreated, HIV can kill by destroying the human immune system and causing AIDS. With modern treatment, almost everybody with HIV can live a normal life, have a family and work. Treatment also protects loved ones and is very safe.
In Enfield and Haringey the “get tested” campaign is led by North Middlesex University Hospital and its Enfield Clinics Health Organisation (Echo Clinics), in partnership with the voluntary services Embrace UK, Positively UK and the Terrence Higgins Trust.
The hospital launched its first community sexual health service, known as the Town Clinic, in Burleigh Way, Enfield, last year. It will launch a second clinic at the Angel, Edmonton on 30 November which will also serve people from Haringey.
Dr Achim Schwenk, deputy medical director and HIV lead at North Middlesex University Hospital, said: “We’re delighted Spurs players have supported this campaign to encourage people to get tested if they don’t know their HIV status. If you don’t know yours, please go to see your GP or drop into one of our community sexual health clinics. We provide a welcoming and safe place for people to get tested, whatever your gender, sexuality or ethnic group.”
Full details of the hospital’s community clinics are available online at www.echoclinics.nhs.uk. You can also book an appointment by calling 020 8887 4510.
Further details of all the community sexual health services are on the hospital’s website: www.northmid.nhs.uk/enfieldclinics/About-us .