Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

HIV infection rate at record high in gay community

  • Comment
The number of gay men diagnosed with HIV in the UK last year rose above 2,600 – the highest levels since records began.

An estimated 6,840 new HIV diagnoses were reported in 2007 in the UK, according to latest figures from the Health Protection Agency.

Though the overall estimate for new diagnoses of HIV in 2007 is slightly less than that for 2006 (7,430), there has been no evidence of a fall in the current high rate of HIV transmission.

Over a third of new diagnoses in 2007 were in this group (38%) and it is the third successive year that new diagnoses among gay men have risen above 2,600.

Dr Valerie Delpech, head of HIV surveillance at the HPA, said: ‘We need to reinforce the safe sex message for gay men. We must also shift the testing culture, encouraging more frequent testing particularly among individuals at greatest risk, such as those with a high number of sexual partners and men who attend GUM services.’

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs