Warning to take a HIV test

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Derbyshire residents who think they could be at risk of HIV are being urged to take a test.

Derbyshire County Council is supporting the move to raise awareness of the benefits of early testing and encourage those most at risk to be checked.

According to the latest Public Health England report, there are 2,932 people living with HIV in the East Midlands.

County councillor Dave Allen said: “Although HIV can potentially be contracted by anyone, we particularly want to encourage people in the high risk groups to practise safe sex and get tested regularly to help prevent HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections.

“The council is committed to providing and promoting HIV testing as part of a wider programme to improve sexual health and wellbeing. This includes services providing free testing, advice and information and we would encourage people to take advantage of these services to increase early diagnosis and reduce the risk of onward transmission.”