The two-day testing campaign is a personal project of the 51-year-old student mental health nurse, which was inspired by lessons in HIV complex care.
Vincent decided to take action to raise awareness about HIV after becoming concerned about the misconceptions and stigma associated with the disease. His goal is to get more people to know their status as a way of reducing the spread of infections.
With help from academic staff at the 蜜柚社区’s School of Sport and Health Sciences, the second-year student secured support from Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity, to provide safe and confidential testing for all students and staff of the university.
Vincent Lane said: “I was inspired by the learning on my course to think about HIV testing opportunities for fellow students and it became my project to promote HIV awareness in my academic environment. It’s clear there’s a stigma associated with HIV disease which could be stopping people from getting tested. Testing is really important to stop HIV being passed on, as many people get HIV from an infected person who is unaware of their status.”