HIV testing ought to be seen as regular and smart a precaution as getting a flu jab to guard your self over winter, in keeping with Prince Harry who’s heading a marketing campaign to finish stigma that’s resulting in late analysis.

To mark the beginning of Nationwide HIV Testing Week the Duke of Sussex has launched a video attraction saying that getting examined frequently is “one thing to be pleased with”.

“There’s nonetheless an excessive amount of stigma, which is stopping so many people from getting a easy, fast and straightforward check. We gained’t deliver an finish to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus till testing is seen as fully regular and accessible for everybody,” Prince Harry stated.

“Taking an HIV check is one thing to be pleased with, not one thing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. Two years in the past, I took a check and the entire course of was truly very easy; the end result got here again inside just some minutes.”

The struggle towards the HIV epidemic is at a “pivotal second” with new remedies capable of nearly eradicate the prospect the illness will probably be handed on, however this solely works for folks conscious they’re contaminated.

Presently one in eight folks with HIV within the UK are undiagnosed and unaware that they’ve the illness, that means they’re extra more likely to move it on and likewise to overlook out on treatment that may stop it growing into AIDs.

In 2017, 43 per cent of recent HIV instances had been identified at a late stage, after the virus had already begun to break the immune system, in keeping with Public Well being England figures.

That is regardless of the welcome information that new diagnoses Within the UK have fallen 28 per cent previously two years, thanks largely to “sport changer” remedies just like the Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drug Truvada.

Whereas homosexual and bisexual males nonetheless account for almost all of the HIV inhabitants, they’re additionally extra conscious of the illness and coverings like PrEP.

Nonetheless, 47 per cent of individuals with the illness are heterosexuals and usually tend to be identified late, significantly older folks and people from black African communities.

‘Whereas we’ve seen spectacular declines in new HIV diagnoses over the previous two years, rather more must be carried out to drive down charges of undiagnosed and late-stage HIV,” Ian Inexperienced, Chief Government of Terrence Higgins Belief, stated. “That’s why Nationwide HIV Testing Week and His Royal Highness’s assist are so essential.”

“It’s an bold goal, however we have now an actual alternative to get to zero new HIV infections within the UK,” he added.

Public Well being England chief government Duncan Selbie stated those that are examined and get caught early go on to dwell a “lengthy and wholesome life”.

“You’ll be able to take a check in your personal dwelling or at sexual well being companies, GPs, healthcare and group settings nationwide. In lots of instances the check entails a easy finger prick and outcomes are prepared inside minutes.”

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