World Aids Day supported in Harrow where HIV infections have been on the rise

World Aids Day is being supported in Harrow where the number of people diagnosed with the infection has risen in recent years.

Infection rates among people living in the borough increased by more than a third between 2007 and 2011.

On World Aids Day, marked today (Monday), Harrow Council is attempting to increase awareness of the disease and encourage more people to get tested.

The local authority recently signed up to the Pan-London HIV Prevention Programme, a move it says signals its commitment to promoting the prevention of HIV infections.

For confidential advice, information on HIV or to arrange an HIV test in Harrow, contact the Caryl Thomas Clinic on 020 3182 8336 and book an appointment.

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1:44pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

It's good Harrow Council have also signed up to raise awareness and also try and get early testing of this disease which has become somewhat forgotten but is very much alive and affecting people's lives even today.Harrow has a fair number of HIV cases which is sadly on the rise.We need to help stem this.

The good news is that cases diagnosed in the early stages have a great chance to be treated so that sufferers lead "near normal" lives.The bad,the longer HIV goes undetected the harder and much more expensive the treatment since the immune system gets badly affected and recovery that much harder.

Excellent work is being conducted in the East End of London where people presenting for normal blood tests are routinely being offered HIV testing.It costs approximately £5 to do this .Of course,those found positive will be given counselling.Communit
y members need to consider how they will help their local groups and strengthen what the NHS is trying to do,along with the Local Authority.

It was reported on the Television on Monday,that the cost of a patient in treatment is around £5000 annually which can go upto £500,000 in the case of one who is very ill.So,on economic grounds, too, it makes a great deal of sense to do this.

I sincerely hope our BME communities will step in to help with volunteers since many of our communities eg Indians,Pakistanis,B
angla Deshis,Chinese etc have STIGMA attached to these diseases and the statutory sector will find it difficult to promote this on their own.Here is another opportunity for our Faith leaders and groups to educate and encourage their members to join in this campaign and not hold on to outdated taboos which could cost somebody their life.

On top of all this is the emotional devastation which folk have to live with.Please help in this worthy cause and make HIV really much more manageable until the cure comes!
It's good Harrow Council have also signed up to raise awareness and also try and get early testing of this disease which has become somewhat forgotten but is very much alive and affecting people's lives even today.Harrow has a fair number of HIV cases which is sadly on the rise.We need to help stem this. The good news is that cases diagnosed in the early stages have a great chance to be treated so that sufferers lead "near normal" lives.The bad,the longer HIV goes undetected the harder and much more expensive the treatment since the immune system gets badly affected and recovery that much harder. Excellent work is being conducted in the East End of London where people presenting for normal blood tests are routinely being offered HIV testing.It costs approximately £5 to do this .Of course,those found positive will be given counselling.Communit y members need to consider how they will help their local groups and strengthen what the NHS is trying to do,along with the Local Authority. It was reported on the Television on Monday,that the cost of a patient in treatment is around £5000 annually which can go upto £500,000 in the case of one who is very ill.So,on economic grounds, too, it makes a great deal of sense to do this. I sincerely hope our BME communities will step in to help with volunteers since many of our communities eg Indians,Pakistanis,B angla Deshis,Chinese etc have STIGMA attached to these diseases and the statutory sector will find it difficult to promote this on their own.Here is another opportunity for our Faith leaders and groups to educate and encourage their members to join in this campaign and not hold on to outdated taboos which could cost somebody their life. On top of all this is the emotional devastation which folk have to live with.Please help in this worthy cause and make HIV really much more manageable until the cure comes! Sonoo Malkani

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