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.’