PEOPLE are being encouraged to get tested for HIV during an awareness week.
Solent NHS Trust, which provides sexual health services across Hampshire, is encouraging people to get tested free for HIV by visiting one of its clinics.
The message comes during HIV Testing Week, which runs until November 29, and ahead of World Aids Day, on December 1.
Andrew Smith, the trust’s sexual health promotion and HIV lead, said: ‘In some areas of Hampshire the HIV prevalence rate is close to two people in every 1,000.
‘Many people do not realise that they have HIV or have been at risk of transmission. The earlier we can detect HIV, the earlier we can support people to access the best care possible and encourage them to get treated.
‘We would like to encourage everyone who has had unprotected sex to get tested.’