A new poll has found that 73% women in Britain do not get tested for HIV, including a noticeable number of them believing that there is no need for a test. Experts believe that females are putting themselves more to the risk of getting an HIV infection. The poll for MAC Aids fund aimed at supporting HIV and Aids patients backed by Singers Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper.
In 2008, almost 7,300 people were diagnosed with HIV in the UK, which is three times the figure last decade.
Nancy Mahon, Executive Director of the MAC Aids Fund, said, “HIV/Aids is a silent killer among women in the UK and the time is now to sound the alarm that the risk is real. The earlier we can diagnose and treat HIV, the better the quality and length of those people's lives. The survey insights are a wake-up call that we need to improve HIV awareness and access to prevention methods for women in the UK".
Kevin Osborne, Senior HIV Adviser at the International Planned Parenthood Federation also said, "We need to find ways of providing comprehensive service care for women where it's not just an HIV service but enables women to seek out comprehensive health and other services in which HIV testing is an integrated part".