IAIN Stewart has shown his support for an increase in HIV testing at a special Parliament event.
Mr Stewart, the MP for Milton Keynes South, attended the event for World AIDS Day which was organised by HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, last week. Currently, one in four people who have the disease do not know they have it. In Milton Keynes 32 per cent of people are diagnosed ‘very late’, well after they should have started treatment.
Mr Stewart said: “I am delighted to support this vitally important issue. We all need to work together to increase HIV testing because it is in everyone’s interest. I hope that this World AIDS Day, more people who may have been at risk of HIV will decide to get tested.
“People used to think an HIV diagnosis was like a death sentence, but HIV treatment has moved on so much in the last few years. An HIV diagnosis today is something that could save your life, because as long as you get the treatment in time, you can expect to live well into old age.”
World AIDS Day has been running every year now since 1988.