The Consultant Thoracic Specialist, Prof Margaret Johnson, discusses the prevalence, symptoms and treatment of HIV/AIDS in the UK today.

As you may be aware, 26% of people living with HIV in the UK do not know that they are infected. However, with treatment here being superior to countries such as the USA, 90% of UK-based patients had an undetectable viral load only one year after starting therapy.

Prof Margaret Johnson is encouraging doctors in the UK to consider HIV infection in general practice, as well as secondary care, in order to prevent late diagnosis. She proposes that it is essential that all healthcare professionals should offer HIV antibody testing routinely to their patients, particularly those who are in a high prevalence group.

About our Medical Expert

Professor Margaret Johnson is one of the most pre-eminent experts in the treatment of HIV. She set up the first and largest open-access HIV clinic in the UK at the Royal Free NHS Trust where she is currently Clinical Director of HIV services.

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