HIV treatment in the UK is leading to a significant reduction in the number
of Aids-related deaths.
This is the opinion of Catherine Murphy, head of public affairs for the
Terrence Higgins Trust, who said that the drugs are most effective if a patient
is diagnosed in the early stages of the disease.
She believes that many individuals still have a problem with having a HIV
blood test and that is causing lives to be lost.
"A quarter of people who die with Aids-related illnesses in the UK
could have been avoided if they had been diagnosed earlier," Ms Murphy
She explained that HIV testing must overcome this social stigma and people
need to become more familiar with the process.
According to the National Aids Trust, in 2010
there were an estimated 91,500 individuals in the UK who were living with the
condition, with more than 22,000 of these being undiagnosed.
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Sexual health news : 2 December 2011