Dr Steve Taylor (FRCP, PhD) is a member of the BHIVA External Relations Committee and Lead HIV Consultant at Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital
It is a very scary statistic that in the UK there are over 25,000 people infected with HIV unaware they are infected. We must prioritise diagnosing them, especially as HIV can be symptomless for many years. So regular blood testing is often not just our best, but our only tool in controlling the spread of HIV.
Stigma continues to be a real problem for those living with HIV, and even for those simply trying to promote better understanding of the infection. The fact is, this unthinking prejudice is endangering peoples' health ... and costing lives.
14/12/2012 17:13 GMT
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