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Dr Ranj Singh takes HIV test live on This Morning as he claims ‘we can stop it in this country by 2030’

Dr Ranj Singh took an HIV test live on This Morning as he claimed we can stop the disease in this country by 2030.

Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on Tuesday’s instalment, the GP told the hosts he wanted to end the stigma around the illness.

The segment comes as they discussed the hit Channel 4 programme It’s A Sin, which has seen a surge of people getting tested for HIV.

Dr Ranj explained that HIV is no longer a death sentence and if you catch it early enough, you ‘can live a normal life’.

‘If you catch it early enough and take effective treatment you can live a normal life and you won’t pass it on to partners,’ he began.

‘We can stop HIV in its tracks in this country, with testing and treatment we can stop HIV by 2030.’

Before he gave the demonstration, Dr Ranj explained to viewers that home-testing kits were now available to buy.

‘It gives you a result on the spot,’ he continued. ‘And it comes with a set of instructions.’

‘A lot of people struggle getting enough blood out,’ Dr Ranj added as he began the demonstration.

The HIV test takes minutes to do (Picture: ITV)

‘The important this is to warm your hand up, put it in warm water. Milk the finger, get it nice and juicy, then you jab the end, like that.

‘Gradually give it a squeeze. There’s a nice little juice droplet there, catch it in this cartridge.’

‘Is that like a little straw, almost?’ Holly asked.

The test is quick and easy to do at home (Picture: ITV)

‘It is like a straw,’ Dr Ranj replied. ‘Tip that over, four drops of this agent into the cartridge. Now let’s leave that for 30 seconds to a few minutes and then we should have a result.’

Dr Ranj, whose test came back negative, concluded the segment by explaining what to do based on your result.

He told viewers if their test came back negative, then no action is needed unless they display any symptoms.

However, if it came back positive, you need to get it ‘formally confirmed’ by doctors.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks cells that help the body fight infection, making a person more vulnerable to other infections.

It is spread by contact with certain bodily fluids of a HIV positive person, most commonly through unprotected sex or sharing needles.

Aids is a late stage of HIV infection that occurs when the body’s immune system is badly damaged because of the virus.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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