11/06/2012

Study Reveals 30% Of HIV Infected Don't Know

New research has revealed that almost a third of people living with HIV are unaware they carry the infection.

It is also claimed that barriers to testing for the infection have led to late detection and have prevented people from benefiting from early treatment.

Dr Jack Lambert, infectious disease consultant at the Mater Hospital, warned a late diagnosis could lead to the rapid onset of Aids.

"We have to continue challenging the stigma that still surrounds HIV in Ireland in order to effect change," said Dr Lambert.

Adding, "The public needs to know that by avoiding early HIV testing, you put yourself at risk of rapid disease progression - possibly leading to Aids."

A total 6,287 people in Ireland have been diagnosed with HIV since the early 1980s.

Campaigners are also warning that people are still involved in risk-taking behaviour because they do not think they will get HIV.

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