Council backs call for HIV testing

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GAY men, people from African communities, those with multiple sex partners and people who inject drugs are most at risk of catching HIV.

That’s why during HIV Testing Week, which runs until Sunday, Hampshire County Council is urging people to be aware and get checked out.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, in charge of adult social care and public health, said: ‘Although nationally the proportion of people being diagnosed late has reduced slightly we are hoping this campaign will further encourage those most at risk to get an HIV test.

‘In Hampshire, not only can people get an HIV test at their local sexual health clinic but they can also access Solent NHS Trust’s quick check service which is available at a number of community venues across Hampshire.’

The quick check tests are free and confidential – a finger prick with the results often available in 60 seconds.

Early diagnosis of HIV means better treatment and a chance to live longer.

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