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Southwark practices pilot HIV early diagnosis campaign

This week marks the launch of a campaign to engage GPs in HIV testing.

With early diagnosis and prompt treatment, people living with HIV can lead normal lives, but two out of five people newly diagnosed with HIV are diagnosed at a late stage. Research shows that up to three quarters of patients presented to their GP with signs and symptoms of HIV in the one to three years before diagnosis, highlighting that GPs could play an important role in helping to reduce late diagnosis.

The campaign called HIV Awareness in Primary Care (HIVAP) is being piloted by member practices of NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), with the aim to roll it out across more localities in 2017.