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Today, HIV is a treatable long-term condition and with early diagnosis and prompt treatment, people living with HIV can lead normal lives.1 But late diagnosis is still an issue in the UK: In 2015, nearly 2 out of 5 adults were diagnosed with HIV at a late stage of infection (CD4<350cells/mm3) and 1 in 5 were severely immunocompromised at the time of their diagnosis (CD4<200cells/ mm3).2 People with undiagnosed HIV often present to primary care with HIV related conditions, however, HIV diagnoses are being missed.3
As a GP, you have an opportunity to diagnose HIV by offering a test to patients who present with signs or symptoms of HIV.
Testing for HIV is a simple intervention that can save lives.
Don’t think twice, think test.
You can make a huge difference in tackling late HIV diagnosis and the future health of your patients. Join our community and make a pledge right now to show your commitment to testing for HIV in your own practice.
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The campaign was developed by the HIV Awareness in Primary Care (HIVAP) GP taskforce, supported and funded by ViiV Healthcare.
#ChangeTheFaceOfHIV aims to increase HIV testing in primary care by highlighting the importance of considering HIV as part of the differential diagnosis. By nurturing and supporting a growing community of committed GPs to take action and offer testing, we hope to reduce the burden of late and undiagnosed HIV in the UK and ultimately save lives.
Dr David Mummery is a sessional GP. He is Hammersmith and Fulham CCG’s Research Lead and a Research Fellow at Imperial College Department of Primary Care and Public Health. As well as research, his main special clinical interests are diabetes, HIV & sexual health and over-diagnosis.
Dr Jonty Heaversedge is Chair of Southwark CCG and Clinical Lead for Community Based Care in South East London. He has been practising as a GP in Southwark for over 12 years and has extensive experience in GP training and communication. Dr Heaversedge’s main specialist interest is in mental health and he holds a degree in Psychology and Masters in Mental Health, as well as co-authoring The Mindful Manifesto.
Dr Alex Bobak is a senior partner GP at Wandsworth Medical Centre. His main interest is the systematic delivery of smoking cessation in primary care and he specialises in training GPs, and driving GP behaviour change in delivering smoking cessation interventions.
Dr William Ford Young is a GP at Broken Cross Surgery in Macclesfield. As well as general practice, Dr Ford-Young has special interests in sexual health & HIV, managing drug users and dementia care. With his expertise in HIV, he has acted as a GP advisor for local and national organisations.
Dr Surinder Singh is a GP at Amersham Vale Practice and senior lecturer at University College London, where he is programme director for the integrated BSc in Primary Health Care. He has been a practising GP for 25 years, with a specialist interest in HIV and is a performance assessor for the General Medical Council.
Dr Raj Mitra is Education Lead for Lambeth CCG and a GP at Lambeth Walk Group Practice. He has 20 years’ experience as a practising GP, with a specialist interest in HIV and sexual health, as well as experience in GP training.
1. May M, Gompels M, Delpech V, et al. (2014). Impact on life expectancy of HIV-1 positive individuals of CD4+ cell count and viral load response to antiretroviral therapy. AIDS. 28(8):1193-1202.
2. HIV in the UK - 2016 report. December 2016. Public Health England, London.
3. Burns F et al. (2008). Missed opportunities for earlier HIV diagnosis within primary and secondary healthcare settings in the UK. AIDS. 22(1):115-22.