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Mon 23 Sep, 2013
By Editor

1 in 20 Africans living in the UK right now will have HIV, and some may not even realise it.

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There are nearly 1 million African people living in the UK, spread all across the country. While HIV can affect anyone, it is an unfortunate truth that more African people in the UK have HIV than most other sections of the population. In fact, nearly 1 in 20 Africans living in the UK right now will have HIV, and some may not even realise it. The good news is that there is free, effective medication available that means if you have diagnosed HIV, you can live a full and healthy life.

The most important thing is that people take an HIV test and find out whether or not they need treatment.

Health professionals in England take very seriously the needs of African people when it comes to sexual health. There are many different charities that try to help African people avoid catching HIV, and try to support people who already have it. But in order to do their job well, and to spend their money wisely, it’s important that these charities and other health professionals have up-to-date information about what African people think about HIV and the ways in which they behave that could pick them at risk of catching it. This kind of information can help them to understand what new campaigns they might need to do, what kinds of services they might need to offer, and where they need to prioritise their money in order to help as many people as possible.

In order to help charities and health professionals with their work, Sigma Research (part of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) is currently leading a large survey of African people in England.
The survey asks questions about your health and about the kind of sex you have. It also asks you what you know about HIV and whether you have ever taken an HIV test. It’s complete anonymous and confidential – they don’t ask for your name, they just want to hear about your thoughts and experiences. They need as many people as possible to take part, so please, please click on it and now and ask you friends to do it too! It’s easy to complete and only takes 10 minutes.

This is a great chance to help improve the lives of African people in England. Together we can stop HIV.

Click the link below to do the survey NOW

or scan the QR code above.


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