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Get tested this World AIDS Day

Merton Clinical Commissioning Group want to raise awareness and encourage self-testing for HIV this World AIDS Day, 1 December 2017.

Merton residents can send off for free and easy to use HIV testing kits from the national HIV testing service www.test.hiv

The free kits are delivered to people's homes where they send back a blood sample via return of post. The kits are small and discreet with no identifying logos or markings.

Results are then texted or emailed within one week. You can also track your sample's progress. Anyone testing positive will be contacted directly by an expert who will advise them on the next steps to take.

The incidence of HIV has been falling in recent years but several thousand people are still diagnosed across the UK every year. It's important for people to realise that HIV is treatable nowadays with drugs and the sooner it is diagnosed, the better.

An estimated 13% of the 100,000 people with HIV in the UK remain undiagnosed.

The drive to encourage more people to use test.hiv coincides with World AIDS Day on December 1 which raises awareness and support for those living with HIV in the UK. Forty per cent of those affected live in London.

The simplest precaution to avoid HIV through sexual contact is to practice safe sex and always wear a condom.

For more information, go to www.test.hiv