Elly Hamlyn, an HIV consultant at the Royal Free, is full of praise for the routine blood borne virus (BBV) testing at the hospital’s A&E department. She sees people referred to the HIV clinic, where wraparound support is provided to people who’ve recently learnt their HIV status. Elly wants to drive home a really important point that HIV is an entirely treatable virus and an early diagnosis prevents ill health and onward transmission to loved ones. Find out more.
A key member of the team, Beatrice Osoro brings together all elements of the care and support needed to help people understand what being HIV positive means for them, following a routine test and diagnosis at the Emergency Department (ED). Find out more.
April 2022 saw opt out testing for blood borne viruses (BBV) in emergency departments go live. Rachel Hill-Tout, the BBV clinical lead for the project, reflects on progress over the first year. Find out more.
Blog: It was the hardest thing to hear but it felt bizarrely fortuitous – how an opt out test for HIV saved Oliver’s life
Oliver was 29 when he was diagnosed as living with HIV following a routine opt-out test. Find out how this initiative is saving lives
Blog: A routine blood test not only changed Anne’s life, but saved it
Anne, from London, is in her 50s. She tested HIV positive at her local emergency department in April 2021 following an opt out test. She shares her story.