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Get tested this World AIDS Day

Doctors in Southwark want to raise awareness and encourage self-testing for HIV this World AIDS Day, 1 December 2017.

Residents can send off for free and easy to use HIV testing kits from the national HIV testing service.

The free kits are delivered to people's homes where they send back a blood sample via return of post. The kits are small and discreet with no identifying logos or markings.

Results are then texted or emailed within one week. You can also track your sample's progress. Anyone testing positive will be contacted directly by an expert who will advise them on the next steps to take.

Dr Cristina Guallar, a local GP and HIV Champion for NHS Southwark CCG said: "The incidence of HIV has been falling in recent years but several thousand people are still diagnosed across the UK every year. One in three is diagnosed late into their condition. It's important for people to realise that nowadays, people diagnosed with HIV and treated promptly can expect to live long and healthy lives, so the sooner it is diagnosed, the better."

World AIDS Day on December 1 aims to raise awareness and support for those living with HIV.

Southwark has the second highest number of people living with HIV in the UK, and there are an estimated 560 people who are yet to be diagnosed within the borough.

Dr Guallar added: "This is the reason why GPs in Southwark are now offering HIV tests along with their routine blood tests to adult patients at least once a year.  It's important to make testing as convenient and easy as possible. Your GP is always there to help, along with local sexual health clinics."

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