This week we unveiled CheckPoint, a new testing service for people who want to know their HIV and hepatitis status.

CheckPoint, which has been developed in partnership with Waverley Care, offers appointments through the week, plus a weekly evening drop-in clinic on Thursdays.

The new service is in addition to our weekly M-Test clinic, which will continue to offer full sexual health screening every Tuesday.

We want to make it as easy as possible for men to access HIV testing to reach out to the estimated one in seven people living with undiagnosed HIV.

This is hugely important, not only because it will help individuals to access treatment earlier to protect their health, but also because it will prevent people from unwittingly passing HIV on to others.

Today in Scotland, a person living with HIV and on treatment, with an undetectable viral load, cannot pass on HIV to sexual partners.

When people come in, we can give them all the information they need about testing, and can provide information, advice and support, regardless of the outcome.

We want to get the message out that once you know your HIV or hepatitis status, you can take control of your health - whether that’s accessing treatment and support, or finding out about how to reduce your risk in future.

Knowing your status is the first step and we’re excited to get CheckPoint up and running. You can find out more about the service here.