Residents of Waltham Forest can get HIV test results at Whipps Cross University Hospital in 20 minutes

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: HIV testing scheme in the outpatient department of Whipps Cross HIV testing scheme in the outpatient department of Whipps Cross

A rapid HIV testing service has been extended after proving a success.

Around 150 people have been tested at Whipps Cross University Hospital’s outpatient department since December.

The scheme was launched by the Department of Sexual Health in April 2013 and was brought to the borough with funding from Waltham Forest Council.

Staff believe that the service has seen a rise in the number of people being tested due to their ability to give results in 20 minutes.

Only three people have tested positive so far. One of whom had previously been diagnosed but not sought treatment.

Dr Monica Lascar, the lead consultant for the service, said she is ‘delighted’ with the success of the scheme.

Waltham Forest has one of the highest numbers of people living with HIV in London.

Anyone who is concerned about HIV and would like to have a test in Waltham Forest borough and surrounding can attend Whipps Cross Hospital.

For more information, please call Department of Sexual Health on 07885 976 659 or 020 8535 6523.

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7:25pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

This is a vast improvement from the early days when if it turned green, you were a gonna. With advanced treatments, there is hope.

Rock Hudson brought this illness to prominence and showed that this condition could affect anyone. Well done to all involved in this advancement.
This is a vast improvement from the early days when if it turned green, you were a gonna. With advanced treatments, there is hope. Rock Hudson brought this illness to prominence and showed that this condition could affect anyone. Well done to all involved in this advancement. Villagecranberry
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