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HIV transmission rates still high among gay men

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HIV transmission rates are still running high among gay men, according to figures from the Health Protection Agency.
An estimated 6,840 new HIV diagnoses were reported in the UK last year, with one third (2,630) of these cases being among gay men, the agency said.

This is the third successive year that new diagnoses have topped 2,600 in this group. Rates are at their highest since the HPA began monitoring HIV ten years ago.

Dr Valerie Delpech, head of HIV surveillance at the HPA, said: ‘Gay men continue to be the group most at risk of acquiring HIV within the UK.

‘We need to reinforce the safe sex message for gay men that the best way to protect yourself from contracting HIV is practising safe sex by using a condom with all new and casual partners.’
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