Wednesday June 15 is Irish AIDS Day and Gender Orientation Sexual Health HIV (GOSHH), based on Davis Street in Limerick City, will mark the day by providing free Rapid HIV Tests. GOSHH. The local charity formally known as the Red Ribbon Project, has been involved in HIV activism since it was first set up in 1989 by a group of gay men in Limerick and is currently promoting community based rapid testing as part of the Know Now campaign.
GOSHH have been providing Rapid HIV tests for the last four years. By making the test free of charge it removes the barrier of cost which was sometimes a factor in people not testing for HIV. KnowNow, is an exciting and innovative new approach to enabling more people to know their HIV status. In 2015, 498 new HIV diagnoses were notified in Ireland. For further information visit http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/HIVSTIs/
To coincide with Irish AIDS Day, GOSHH will also launch a peer support group for people living with HIV in the Mid-West Region. The group provides a time where members can gather to share experiences, difficulties, thoughts, feelings, emotions, and positive aspects of the process they are going through in a confidential setting.
GOSHH will be providing free rapid HIV Tests on Wednesday June 15th at its centre on 18 Davis Street, Limerick. No appointment is necessary and results are available in 60 seconds. For more details on Rapid Testing and the Peer Support Group please contact GOSHH on 061 314354 or email