Hampshire County Council is backing this week's HIV Testing Week in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of being tested, encourage HIV tests, especially amongst those most at risk, and increase the number of early diagnoses.
Over 100,000 people in the UK are living with HIV. Of these it is estimated that 1 in 5 do not know they have the infection and are at increased risk of passing the virus onto others.
Early diagnosis of HIV, timely treatment and support can mean a near-normal life span and better long term health outcomes.
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said:
For information on HIV testing in Hampshire visit HIV Lives website.