In the last 10 years, new HIV infections have doubled according to the Wellness Protection Agency with around 2,000 new cases a year in 2000, to over 4,000 in 2010. Most new cases were in men who had sex with men and amongst the black African community.
NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) have introduced new guidelines for doctors recommending that they test all men who register at a practice where there are more than 2 HIV+ per 1,000 of the population. This will affect London (Islington, Camden, Lambeth) as well as Manchester and Brighton.
Early diagnosis is key in managing HIV and preventing new infections, and good management means that the condition no longer has to be life threatening. Better2Know can do HIV tests from just 10 days post contact (with a test that is not available on the NHS) as well as the very reliable H-DUO test from 28 days post contact. We also have tests with instant results at many of our STD testing clinics.