Late HIV diagnoses still a problem: Terrence Higgins Trust
Late HIV notifications are still a problem in the UK, despite the high profile testing of Prince Harry.
Prince Harry had his blood tested in July with the procedure and result broadcast on Facebook live.
Despite this, UK HIV/AIDS charity the Terrence Higgins Trust says late diagnosis has reached “alarming” levels.
Forty per cent of immune systems were irreparably damaged by the time the illness is detected, the Trust claimed.
Speaking ahead of National HIV Testing Week, chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust Ian Green has called for an imperative “culture shift” in attitudes towards HIV testing in a bid to “demystify” the virus and save lives.
When Prince Harry was tested live on Facebook, the Trust saw a five-fold surge in demand for self-testing kits.
But with early detection of HIV and immediate treatment the preferred option there are still not enough people getting tested.
AIDS Awareness Week events begin next week, culminating with World AIDS Day on December 1.