HIV testing: increasing uptake among people who may have undiagnosed HIV
NICE and Public Health England
In 2015 an estimated 101,200 people in the UK were living with HIV, and 13,500 of those people were undiagnosed. Rates of late diagnosis also remain high. No diagnosis or late diagnosis leads to poorer health outcomes and increases the likelihood of spreading HIV infection.
People who are diagnosed and treated early can have a life expectancy almost matching that of people without HIV, and the antiretroviral therapy to treat HIV is both effective and free to patients in the UK.
This new Guidelines summary gives advice on reducing barriers to, providing opportunities for, and promoting awareness of HIV testing.