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UNITED KINGDOM: A Quarter of People Living With HIV in the UK Are Still Undiagnosed


Medical News Today (11.30.12)

According to the latest numbers published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the number of individuals living with HIV in the UK has increased to approximately 96,000 in 2011. Approximately 47 percent of the 6,280 new cases in 2011 were late diagnoses, which increase tenfold an individual’s risk of fatality within a year’s time. Additionally, up to 25 percent of those with HIV are unaware that they are infected and are at risk of spreading the disease to others. The report from HPA indicates that 1.5 per 1000 individuals in the UK are infected with HIV, with more than half of those diagnosed being men who have sex with men (MSM). One in 12 MSM in London and one in 20 within the country are infected with HIV (47 per 1,000).


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