Londoners set record for most HIV tests on World AIDS Day

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Londoners set a new world record on World AIDS Day 2011 for the most HIV tests administered in 8 hours.

467 tests were taken in the joint record attempt by 56 Dean Street clinic and G-A-Y, at the G-A-Y Bar on Old Compton Street.

Nearly £13,000 was raised through the attempt for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, with a donation of £10,000 from G-A-Y and £2,823 given by people attending the event.

Dr Alan McOwan, Lead Consultant at 56 Dean Street said: “By organising this event, 56 Dean Street and G-A-Y have taken a proactive stance in the battle against HIV.

“World AIDS Day provided us with a fantastic platform to build on the message of awareness and education. This has been a truly worthwhile event and I would like to thank all involved for making the day so successful.” ­­

The rapid HIV test used during the event can give a result within 60 seconds. It checks for the immune system’s reaction in a small amount of blood drawn by “pricking” the fingertip.

It can detect most infections 6 weeks after exposure to HIV.