Portsmouth NHS seeks views on HIV test

Shukrya Saida signs up for further information and vouchers, helped by Shona Green. Picture: Vernon Nash

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HEALTH officials are appealing for people in the city to complete an anonymous survey about HIV testing.

The NHS Portsmouth survey is aimed both at those who have had an HIV test – whether the result was positive or negative, and people who have never had a test, regardless of whether they believe they are at risk.

The results will be used to identify reasons why people may not come forward for testing and to develop services that better meet the needs of local people testing for HIV and undergoing treatment.

HIV – which stands for human immunodeficiency virus, attacks the body’s immune system, increasing the risk of developing a serious infection or disease, such as cancer.

The illness can be spread through the exchange of bodily fluids, such as unprotected sex and sharing of needles. It cannot be cured, and there is no vaccine to stop infection.

To fill out the survey visit portsmouth.nhs.uk/hivsurvey.