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Thurrock Council health experts are encouraging those most at risk of HIV infection to get tested during national HIV Testing Week which starts on Saturday and runs until 29 November.
Latest figures from Public Health England show that over 63 per cent of the 205 people living with HIV in Thurrock presented at a later stage of their infection and both these figures have increased from last year.
Early diagnosis and timely treatment can mean a near-normal life span for someone with HIV and reduces the risk of the virus being passed to other people.
HIV Testing Week is run by HIV Prevention England and managed by the Terrence Higgins Trust and partners. They have identified that men who have sex with men and Black African men and women are the two groups currently with the highest numbers of HIV infection nationally.
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