Nearly 100 people with HIV in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 20:00 22 November 2010

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SEXUALLY active people in North Somerset are being warned against complacency when it comes to HIV.

NHS North Somerset has this week revealed 97 people living in the district suffer the life-threatening condition.

The body is marking this year’s World Aids Day by recommending anyone sexually active to get screened every year.

Director of public health, Becky Pollard, said: “People do not have to be promiscuous to get a sexually transmitted infection, including HIV.

“We recommend having a full sexual health screening at least once a year.

“If people have many sexual partners, practicing safer sex and using condoms will reduce the risk to themselves and others.

“Prevention is all about being aware of what people are doing and taking steps to protect themselves.”

HIV is the fastest-growing serious health condition in the UK, with infection rates continuing to rise and the total number of people diagnosed as HIV positive at approximately 90,000.

In the build up to World Aids Day, on December 1, all public health employees will be encouraged to wear a red ribbon to show their support to people living with the condition.

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