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​Richmond CCG is supporting National HIV Testing Week from 22 to 29 November in the run up to World AIDS Day on 1 December. Anyone who lives in Richmond can get a free, fast, confidential HIV test with results in 20 minutes. Around one in four people with HIV do not know that they are living with the virus, partly because it is not always accompanied by obvious symptoms. Richmond borough has seen as increase of almost 40 per cent over the last four years in the number of people diagnosed with HIV. During National HIV Testing Week, HIV testing will be promoted by local services which can provide information and advice. Richmond CCG Chair, Andrew Smith said: "This is a good time to get tested for HIV.  HIV is a disease that affects people from all backgrounds. Getting an early diagnosis means effective treatment which can improve the quality of life. With the new tests, results are given in 20 minutes making it much less stressful and the service is fast and confidential. I would urge people to get tested."
 
Richmond Council's Director of Public Health, Dr Dagmar Zeuner, said:
 
"Over half of all HIV transmission is thought to be due to people who are not aware of their HIV status. People who are aware of their diagnosis can access effective treatment which not only greatly improves their health, but also reduces their chances of infecting others."
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If you would like to have a HIV test, please go along to one of the local hospitals where HIV testing is available without an appointment. You can also ask your GP for a test if you do not want to go to a hospital.
 
Sexual Health Hounlsow,
West Middlex Hospital,
020 8321 5718,
 
Wolverton Centre,
Kingston Hospital
020 8974 9331,
 
Roehampton Clinic,
Queen Mary's Hospital
020 8487 6861,
 
For general information about sexual health services including HIV testing, visit the South West London Information on Sexual Health (SWISH) website or call the Sexual Health Helpline for free on 0300 123 7123  (Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm and Weekends: 11am - 4pm).​