Research has shown that a fifth of the 2,000 people who are infected with HIV in Enfield and Haringey do not know they have the condition.

Doctors from North Middlesex University Hospital are urging people to make an appointment to get tested.

Tests take place at the hospital’s community sexual health clinic in Burleigh Way, in Enfield.

A clinic which opens at the Angel, in Edmonton, next year will serve people from Haringey.

If treated most people with HIV can lead normal lives, have a family and work.

But, if untreated HIV can destroy the immune system and lead to AIDS.

There is also a greater chance of infecting others.

Deputy medical director and HIV lead at North Middlesex University Hospital, Dr Achim Schwenk, speaking on World Aids Day on December 1, said: “If you don’t know your HIV status, please go to see your GP or drop into one of our community sexual health clinics.

“We provide a welcoming and safe place for people to get tested, whatever your gender, sexuality or ethnic group.”

To learn more about the hospital’s clinics known collectively as the Enfield Community Health Clinics Organisation visit

To make an appointment call the Alexander Pringle Centre on 020 8887 4510.