PEOPLE in Ludlow and south Shropshire can now request a ‘finger test’ through the post to check if they have HIV.

They are being urged to ‘Give HIV the finger’ and order a free home finger-prick testing kit.

The call out from Shropshire Council’s public health team is part of National HIV Testing Week this week.

Throughout February people can now order the free HIV postal test. The test is fast, confidential and simple.

National HIV Testing Week aims to promote regular testing, which helps to reduce the number of people living with undiagnosed HIV and those diagnosed late. This can help save lives.

The main ways the HIV virus is transmitted is through unprotected sex, sharing needles while taking drugs, mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy, and coming into contact with contaminated blood.

To find out more and to order your home testing kit visit