Free HIV tests offered at Rome hospital as Italy marks World AIDS Day.
Rome's Piramide Cestia will be illuminated with red lights on the eve of Saturday 1 December, World AIDS Day, as part of the Italian health ministry's annual AIDS awareness campaign.
Italy's health minister Giulia Grillo and Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi will preside at the illumination of the Testaccio landmark at 18.30 on Friday 30 November.
The 2018 slogan chosen by the health ministry's is Hiv, conosci il tuo stato (HIV, know your status), described by the ministry as an invitation to undergo a "quick, free and anonymous" HIV test.
In Rome the infectious diseases clinic at Rome’s Lazzaro Spallanzani hospital on Via Portuense 292 is offering free testing for HIV on 29 and 30 November, from 17.00 to 19.00. The test is offered anonymously and the results, which are ready within about 15 minutes, are communicated verbally by a doctor.
People in Italy with concerns about HIV/AIDS can call the free-phone AIDS helpline, tel. 800861061, on 1 December from 10.00 to 18.00. The line’s expert operators are on hand to answer questions and offer advice in four languages: Italian, English, French and Portuguese. There is also a Skype contact, "uniticontrolaids", and an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, dedicated to people with hearing difficulties.
World AIDS Day, held annually for the last 30 years, is an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died as a result of HIV.
Currently in Italy there are between 125,000 and 130,000 people, living with HIV, predominantly male.
For details of hospitals and clinics in the Lazio region offering tests for HIV and other infectious diseases see the Regione Lazio website.