MARGARET Sentam, wife of the York Archbishop, has taken an HIV test to celebrate the World AIDS Day.
Ms. Sutham of the Yorkshire Mesmak Sexual Health Organization, Yorkshire Mesmac, investigated the fingerprint to see how easy it is to test an HIV test, and the result was reached within 20 minutes.
She said: "It's important to raise awareness not only about one day but throughout the year about the importance of testing. A fantastic drug development has taken place, which means that people can now live in a perfectly normal life, especially if they receive early diagnosis. "
Mrs. Sentam recalled the devastating effect of the virus in the Ugandan country of origin, where both her and her husband lost family and friends AIDS. She said: "It's understandable that people may be nervous about taking a test, but you have nothing to lose and everything you need to get. A late diagnosis can be devastating, so be bold and go ahead – do not be afraid of the test."
Although the HIV epidemic in the UK is slowing down, almost half of the people who are positively verified that HIV is very late, which means that the virus can endanger their health for a long time.
Every year around 6,000 people are diagnosed in the United Kingdom. Recent evidence suggests that late-onset HIV diagnosis means people in York and North Hornschyre can spend an average of three to five years living with HIV before they are diagnosed.
Ian Fairlie, Dr NHS Foundation Trust Doctor at Janson School of Medicine, explained: "HIV is a curable disease and is no longer a definitive disease. Knowing whether you are HIV positive or not, it is important for you to access specialized HIV services and HIV treatment."
Visit www.mesmac.co.uk for testing sessions available next week or reserve a test.