Annual HIV data shows new diagnoses of HIV have fallen for the second year in a row, decreasing by 17 per cent from 5,280 in 2016 to 4,363 in 2017. This is the lowest level since 2000.

The reduction was largely driven by a decline in new diagnoses among gay and bisexual men, which fell by 17% compared to 2016 and by 31 per cent compared to 2015. The decrease was due to the high uptake of HIV testing in this group.

Increased uptake of anti-retroviral therapy (ART), which keep the level of HIV in the body low and help prevent it being passed on, also significantly contributed to the decline.

New HIV diagnoses in black African and Caribbean heterosexuals have been steadily decreasing over the past 10 years. For the first time, a UK-wide fall was also seen in new diagnoses in heterosexuals from other ethnicities, with a drop of 20 per cent in 2017 when previously they had remained stable at around 1,000 per year.

Epidemiological data on new HIV diagnoses and people receiving HIV care can be found in the PHE health protection report and annual HIV data tables.

Originally Published by Pharmacy Magazine

Recommended

Record numbers of people phoning NHS 111

Over half of all calls to the phone service received expert assessment from a clinical professional in July this year &n...

Mental health tool launched

National mental health statistics that shed new light on care and treatment for patients are now available via NHS Digit...




This website is for healthcare professionals, people who work in pharmacy and pharmacy students. By clicking into any content, you confirm this describes you and that you agree to Training Matters's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

We use essential, performance, functional and advertising cookies to give you a better web experience. Find out how to manage these cookies here. We also use Interest Based Advertising Cookies to display relevant advertisements on this and other websites based on your viewing behaviour. By clicking "Accept" you agree to the use of these Cookies and our Cookie Policy.