An investigation by You & Yours has found that hospitals and GP practices in England and Scotland are flouting guidelines and failing to carry out routine tests for HIV.
Health charities are warning that it could be causing needless deaths and putting the wider public at risk. Modern treatments allow most people who are HIV positive to live long and healthy lives, with little risk of passing it on to anyone else.
Best practice guidelines agreed by a raft of UK health organisations say patients in areas with high rates of HIV should routinely be tested when registering with a GP or being admitted to hospital. But research carried out by You & Yours, suggests that the majority of local authorities are not funding the tests.
Leicester HIV screening limit policy defended
But a BBC survey has found Leicester, which is in the top five areas England for HIV, is one a number of areas ignoring this advice. The city council said it saw 50,000 new patients a year and targeting the £8 tests was a better use of resources.
BBC East Midlands Today
Jenny Hand, CEO & Tom Robson, Resources & Communication Coordinator from Leicestershire AIDS Support Services (LASS) are joined by David Rowlands speaking about HIV testing within Leicester.
The Jim David and Jo Hayward morning show
on BBC Radio Leicester – HIV testing