World Aids Day is marked by service

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It’s World Aids Day today, and Lancashire health professionals are marking it by calling on people to get tested for HIV which, in 90 per cent of cases, if caused by unsafe sex.

Lynne Park, from Lancashire Care’s Contraception and Sexual Health (CaSH) service, said: “The earlier the condition is identified, the better the health outcomes.

Early diagnosis is the way forward to successfully managing HIV

“Early diagnosis is the way forward to successfully managing HIV.

“However, the most effective way of reducing HIV prevalence is prevention.

“Therefore, we urge everyone, especially with the festive period approaching and the increase in alcohol consumption and lowering of inhibitions, to be aware of the importance of practicing safer sex to reduce the risk of transmission of STIs and unplanned pregnancies.”