What Men Should Know

One in eight gay men in London now have HIV

 
Public Health England figures reported today in 2013 there was the highest ever number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with the virus – 3,250.
 
This is the equivalent of nine gay men receiving a positive HIV diagnoses every day.
 
Men who have sex with men continue to be disproportionately the biggest group affected by HIV.
 
Other statistics found one in 17 gay men in the UK aged 15-59 is now living with HIV, rising to one in eight in London.
 
This compares to around one in 360 of the UK population as a whole.
 
While a quarter of gay men who were diagnosed in 2013 had probably acquired HIV in the past six months, and therefore will be able to live a full life with treatment, 16 per cent of gay men are suspected to be living with it but undiagnosed.
 
PHE also report for the first time the number of people living with HIV in the UK exceeds 100,000 – at 107,800.
 
Deborah Gold, chief executive of National AIDS Trust, said: ‘There is in our society a dangerous complacency about the challenge of HIV.
 
'Rates of new infections among gay men show no signs of abating but funding for HIV prevention from local authorities is patchy and in many places non-existent.
 
'We are taking far too long to get new prevention options like PrEP2 to the gay men who need them. We lack a strategy for HIV across the UK and as a result there is no vision as to how to make progress. HIV is not over in the UK, and we must take action.’
 
Cary James, head of health improvement at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: 'Gay and bisexual men continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV, yet these figures show the community is testing more regularly and making significant headway at driving down undiagnosed infection.
 
'Three years ago, one in four gay men with HIV in this country were undiagnosed. Now that figure is less than one in six.
 
'We need to explore every avenue we can to continue to get more gay and bisexual men testing more frequently, from increasing opportunities to test in non-clinical settings to expanding postal HIV testing programmes.
 
 
'National HIV Testing Week provides an opportune platform for this, so we’d encourage men to get behind the campaign and make a commitment to test.'

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