New data on HIV rates shows the capital's good progress
A spokesperson for the London Sexual Health Programme said: “It’s great news that the number of people testing positive for HIV in London has declined significantly for the second year running.
“Since the London Sexual Health Programme brought together the commissioning for contraception, testing and treatment services so they’re all available under one roof in clinics, people in London now get better, more consistent sexual health services and advice.
“And, with the roll-out of the Sexual Health London service - where free, easy-to-use self-sampling kits are posted to people’s homes or picked up in clinics - it’s more convenient than ever for people to get regularly tested and monitor their sexual health.
“Since launching in January, almost 50,000 self-sampling kits have been sent out. So far, 99% of people who have given feedback say they would recommend the kits to friends and family
“London’s sexual health services carry out more HIV tests than anywhere else in the country, with 441,000 tests in 2017, up by more than a quarter since 2013. With the ongoing improvements to sexual health services and their convenience, and greater awareness raising of sexual health issues, hopefully this downward trend in people testing positive for HIV will continue.”