A CONFIDENTIAL and instant finger prick test for HIV in selected GP practices in Penge and North Beckenham where the incidence of HIV is higher is being piloted by Bromley council.
The instant test only takes a minute and is being offered to all new patients aged 15 -59 at the time of registration, to patients with HIV related symptoms, to those groups with identified risks and any individual who may be concerned and requests this test. Or you can ask your GP who can refer patients to the GU clinic or local hospital for a test but this takes much longer. If treatment and care is needed this is available to everyone in the local community.
A Bromley council press release says: “Research indicates the number of people living with HIV in Bromley has tripled in the last five years and that as many as one in four people who are infected have yet to be tested.
“This means they are missing out on life saving treatment and can unknowingly infect others. If HIV is detected early it can be treated allowing those with HIV to live a normal life span. “Late diagnosis is the biggest factor associated with HIV-related death in the UK.”
People can also contact the HIV Advice Hotline 01689 866647 for further information about HIV, its diagnosis and treatment.
- From April 2013, local authorities will have responsibility for public health. This is required by the Health and Social Care Act 2012
- Many people fear that having a test for HIV will affect insurance type applications. This is not the case – the Association of British Insurers [ABI] has issued clear guidance. Companies are not allowed to ask GPs if an applicant has had a test for HIV and likewise GPs are advised not to answer.