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A record number of parliamentarians will take HIV tests today – as part of an initiative to halve the number of people presenting with a late HIV diagnosis

Lilian Greenwood MP at today's 'Halve It' event. Photo credit THT.
Lilian Greenwood MP at today’s ‘Halve It’ event. Photo credit THT.

Halve It is a coalition of national experts determined to tackle the continued public health challenges posed by HIV. Today’s day of campaigning and activism is intended to raise awareness of late HIV diagnoses ahead of World AIDS Day on 1st December.

Alongside late diagnoses the Halve It campaign aims to reduce the number of people living with undiagnosed HIV by half by 2015.

A number of MPs and peers from across all parties, including Shadow Health Secretary
Andy Burnham, will be taking HIV tests with a hope to increase testing among the UK’s most at risk populations.

Last year 11 MPs (and 30 other parliamentarians) took a HIV test. The Halve It test has to beat this if it wants to enter the Guinness Book of Records.

An estimated 22,000 people in the UK are unaware that they are living with HIV.

For more details on the Halve It campaign head to: halveit.org.uk

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