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One-hour HIV test

5th December 2006

A one-hour while-you-wait HIV testing service has opened its doors in Cardiff.

The new centre has opened as a six-month pilot funded by the Welsh Assembly Government.

The new clinic uses a fingertip pinprick test strip which changes colour if HIV is present, similar to how a pregnancy test works.

If the results are positive, a full screening test will be carried out as well as full pre and post counselling.

The Terrence Higgins Trust charity has teamed up with Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust to provide the free service at its Canton offices.

Similar services are already offered in England, and it is hoped the pilot will be extended to clinics throughout Wales, which currently has some of the longest waiting times.

The aim of the clinic is to make it easier for people to undergo testing. The quicker someone is tested, the quicker treatment can begin. It hopes to test 10 people a week.


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