People who are undergoing sexual health screenings may still be intimidated
by the prospect of having an HIV blood test.
This is according to the charity Avert, which stated that there is still
lots of speculation and myth surrounding the condition in the UK, which adds to
public anxiety and misunderstanding.
A spokesperson from Avert was commenting on figures from a Health Protection
Agency survey which found that a fifth of people who are offered an Aids test
decline the opportunity.
The study revealed that there are currently around 91,500 people living with
the condition in the UK and in the last 12 months there have been 6,660 new
Avert stated that half the new cases of HIV were diagnosed late.
The spokesperson added that treatment of the virus had improved and HIV is
no longer a "death sentence". She explained that if HIV is diagnosed
early enough it is now a "manageable disease".
© Adfero Ltd
Sexual health news : 10 December 2011