Marginal rise in HIV diagnosis in Richmond

Richmond has the second lowest population in London diagnosed with HIV per 1000, despite an increase from 2.23 to 2.36 in the last year.

Richmond Local authority is ranked 30 of 31 London local authorities, in between Harrow (2.14) and Bromley (also 2.36).

Richmond council said: “This year we have been working closely with the other South West London Boroughs and the local hospitals in the promotion of the campaign to provide HIV testing and ensured that our services are ready to provide the testing facilities for anyone who chooses to turn up for the HIV test.

“We will use this year’s evaluation to improve the service provision in the coming year.”

As part of European HIV testing week in lead up to World Aids Day, Richmond will offer walk-in-appointments for HIV mouth-swab tests that give results in twenty minutes.

Although men who have sex with men and Africans are cited as the highest-risk groups, there has been a sharp rise in the South of England in the number of women diagnosed.

Between 2008 and 2012 there has been 102 per cent increase in women over 50 diagnosed.

It is assumed that one in five people with HIV remain undiagnosed.

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