Jeff Smith

Standing up for Manchester Withington

“Give HIV the Finger”: Jeff takes test as part of National HIV Testing Week

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has taken an HIV test as part of National HIV Testing Week to raise awareness of HIV in the UK and encourage others to get tested.

National HIV Testing Week aims to promote regular testing among the most affected population groups and to reduce the rates of undiagnosed people and those diagnosed late. Hundreds of clinics and organisations take part each year to raise awareness, provide extra testing opportunities and promote services across the country.

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The UK is witnessing a substantial decline in HIV diagnoses. In 2016, there was an 18% fall in new diagnoses compared to 2015, a decrease largely attributed to more people getting tested early and regularly.

Jeff said: “It’s encouraging to hear that HIV diagnoses are falling in the UK, but we can go much further to reduce the number of people who go undiagnosed or are diagnosed late.

Getting tested is quick and easy – go to your local sexual health clinic, book an appointment with your GP, or you can order a testing kit direct to your home.”

You can find all the information on how to get tested and where your local clinic is by clicking here.

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