Secreatary of State for Health

Mr. David S. Borrow: It is estimated that there are more than 20,000 men and women in this country who are HIV-positive, and who have not been tested or diagnosed and therefore do not know that they are HIV-positive. Does my hon. Friend agree that the Department should aim to reduce that figure by at least 50 per cent.? What action is the Department taking to achieve that objective?

Gillian Merron: Obviously, early identification is crucial. We have talked at some length with the all-party group on AIDS about measures that we can take, and I am happy to continue those conversations.