Posted on Thursday 29 November 2012
Local people are being urged to practice safe sex, protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections and get an HIV test in the run up to World Aids Day on 1 December.
It is estimated that one in five people infected with HIV do not know that they have the virus. If treated early, people living with HIV can expect to have a normal life expectancy.
Free HIV tests, help and advice are available at our sexual health clinics, with some providing a same day results service.
Deirdre Love, a senior health promotion specialist at Guy’s and St Thomas' said: “It is vital that people know their HIV status and how to avoid contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. We want to encourage as many people as possible to get tested and to know their HIV status not only on World AIDS day, but throughout the year.”
World AIDS Day is an international event held to raise awareness of HIV. People can show support for people living with the virus by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness.
World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, the first being held in 1988.
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