New HIV testing service to launch in Merton

Two Sexual Health Clinics in Merton will start offering all patients a new HIV testing service to coincide with World AIDS day on 1 December.

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The new service will be offered on an ‘opt out’ basis with the aim to increase opportunities for people to be tested for HIV. Clinics in Pelham Road, Wimbledon and Wide Way Mitcham will be rolling out the service.

World AIDS day is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

Dr Kay Eilbert, Merton’s Director of Public Health said: “If you are worried you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection, get medical advice as soon as possible. The earlier you are tested and diagnosed, the sooner treatment can start. This service is one example of how we are trying to make services more accessible to Merton residents.”

Cabinet member for adult social care and health, Councillor Linda Kirby said: “An estimated one in five people across the UK with HIV do not know they have it so it is important that health clinics in Merton have testing services available for residents.”

For further information about HIV and where to go for testing across South West London, visit www.swish.nhs.uk