GPs call for testing to mark World AIDS Day

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Sheffield doctors have called for more residents to have HIV tests to mark World AIDS Day.

Yesterday’s event commemorates people who have died of AIDS, as well as showing support to people with HIV.

Dr Richard Oliver, of the NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The only way to find out if you have HIV is to have a test. If you think you have put yourself at risk, you should seek medical advice and have a test. The earlier HIV is detected, the more likely it is that treatment will be successful.

“There are a number of places you can get a test, including your GP surgery and sexual health clinics.”

HIV – human immunodeficiency virus – attacks the immune system, weakening people’s ability to fight infections and disease. It is transmitted through unprotected sex and sharing needles. AIDS is the final stage.