Call for abortion clinics to offer HIV tests

Abortion clinics should offer women HIV testing, a leading sexual health expert has suggested.

Speaking at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) conference in central London last week, Ruth Lowbury, executive director of the Medical Foundation for AIDS and Sexual Health, said that HIV testing should be offered in a wider range of healthcare settings.

She said:  ‘Over a quarter of people living with HIV in the UK do not know they are infected.

‘Without a diagnosis, they risk serious illness and death and may unknowingly transmit the infection to others.

‘Even if most women having an abortion don't have HIV, we owe it to those who do and who are undiagnosed, to provide opportunities for them to find out before it's too late to benefit from treatment.'

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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