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GETTING an early diagnosis of HIV can help a person lead a long and healthy life, according to a health trust that provides testing in the Portsmouth area.

Tomorrow is the start of national HIV Testing Week and Solent NHS Trust is encouraging people to ensure they get checked out, including using its rapid test.

This involves a finger prick with the results available in 60 seconds. It is free and confidential.

More than 100 people have been tested with this since March.

Andrew Smith, HIV prevention lead at the trust, said: ‘We know people who are diagnosed late with HIV have increased rates of mortality within the first year of diagnosis.’

Additional clinics are being held for testing on:

n Monday, November 24, Portsmouth Friendship House, Elm Grove, Southsea, 11am to 2pm.

n Tuesday, November 25, Tropics Day Spa, Marketway, Landport, 1pm to 4pm.

To find out more, visit letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk/hivlives