Throughout the year we will share the latest news in HIV, viral hepatitis, oncology/haematology, respiratory and invasive fungal disease, which will include updates from projects supported by the Gilead UK & Ireland Fellowship Programme and any key successes (eg posters, publications) arising from projects supported in previous years.
February 03 2015
HIV in the UK: 2014 report from Public Health England
Public Health England’s 2014 report for HIV statistics in the UK highlights the need to increase both the number and the frequency of HIV tests. There are now nearly 110,000 people living with HIV in the UK. Around a quarter of these (26,100) are unaware of their infection and at risk of passing on the virus to others through unprotected sex. Encouragingly, the proportion of people diagnosed with late stage HIV infection fell from 57% in 2004 to 42% in 2013.
The report shows around 6% of gay and bisexual men are now living with HIV, rising to 13% in London, with 3,250 newly diagnosed cases in 2013, an all-time annual high. It is estimated that over 7,000 gay men have an HIV infection that remains undiagnosed and that an estimated 2,800 men acquired HIV in 2013. These figures underline the need to further increase both the numbers and frequency of HIV tests, which are critical to tackling the ongoing high levels of HIV transmission.
Whilst the majority of black Africans are not infected with HIV, the report also draws attention to the fact that approximately one-third of the 40,000 black African heterosexual men and women living with HIV in the UK do not know they have HIV.
To view the full report please click here
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