Burnley Stars joining a new health campaign this November – and want you to help them!
Burnley are supporting Saving Lives during National HIV Testing Week, encouraging people to take the simple blood test that can keep them healthy.
Saving Lives is a charity with the support of Premiership footballers and Olympic athletes which raises awareness about the importance of getting an HIV test. This year, they’re using social media selfies to promote free postal HIV testing via HIVTestUK.com.
Sam Vokes has already pledged their support. "Saving Lives is a national charity with an important message,” he says. “It’s important to support good work in our own community.”
That’s why the campaign is looking for more volunteers to pose for a selfie and use the hashtag #GETTESTED on social media. “There’s still a lot of stigma around HIV which doesn’t help, so this campaign’s about breaking down barriers,” adds Sam.
One in five people living with HIV don’t know they are infected. That means they can’t access today’s life-saving treatment, and may be passing on their infection to others.
Dr Steve Taylor is the charity’s Medical Director. “A simple blood test can change all this – and that’s where football clubs in. They can use their influence to educate people who may not otherwise think the message has anything to do with them.”
Sam agrees: “Taking a selfie might seem a simple thing to do, but the more of us that do it maybe the fewer people will be scared of what can be a life-saving test.”
National HIV Testing Week begins on November 21st, and Saving Lives will be on social media all week, raising awareness and promoting the free tests it is funding through HIVTestUK. So get online, post a selfie to @savinglivesuk with your #GETTESTED message and visit www.hivtestuk.com for more information.