Aids testing pilot backed by Elton John Aids Foundation hailed a success

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    In recent months the world’s attention has been consumed by one virus above all others.

    But while the pandemic continues to rage, tens of millions of people across the world are still living with HIV.

    A pilot study in south London, backed by the Elton John Aids Foundation, is finding people who did not know they were infected with the virus, by testing people as they go into A&E.

    On Tuesday, an independent HIV commission will call for testing to be expanded across England.

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    The human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) are two species of Lentivirus (a subgroup of retrovirus) that infect humans. Over time, they cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive.

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