HIV treatment 'proving successful'

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 added.

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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