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Marie Stopes to offer HIV testing

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Non-profit health organisation Marie Stopes International has announced plans to provide screening for HIV at its nine centres in Britain.

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Tests will be offered to all men and women attending the clinics, amid concerns that approximately 25% of people carrying HIV in Britain are unaware they have been infected.

Early diagnosis can help HIV patients live long, healthy lives, with those who are diagnosed soon after infection often responding better to treatment than those who do not.

Clinics in London, Manchester, Leeds, Maidstone and Reading will now offer HIV tests, while clinics in Bristol and Essex could also offer the service in the not-too-distant future after primary care trusts agreed to foot the bill for HIV tests for women going through an unplanned pregnancy.

Tracey McNeill, vice president of UK and Western Europe at Marie Stopes International, said: “We are pleased to now offer HIV testing and we hope that the more than 70,000 men and women who visit our clinics annually will take up the opportunity to check their HIV status.”s

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