HIV guidelines appeal

A SEXUAL health charity with a base in Eastbourne believes that HIV rates on the south coast could be slashed within a decade.

The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), which has its regional headquarters in South Street, is confident that if the locals followed a string of guidelines published this week, the number of people in the area living with the disease would tumble. An estimated 5,800 people are now living with HIV on the south east coast, and the scientific consensus is that there may not be a workable cure for decades. However, the THT is calling on locals to take extra steps to prevent the spread of the infection. In 2010, there were 385 new diagnoses of HIV locally, a 61 per cent increase from 2001. The charity estimates this could be dramatically reduced within a decade if testing services were increase locally.

THT is at Dyke House at 110 South Street and is open Monday to Friday (9am-5.30pm). Ring 649927 or email